As your neighbor, the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery is deeply committed to conducting our operations in a safe and reliable manner that has the least impact on our neighbors and the surrounding community. Feel free to call us at 310-212-1852 during regular business hours or at our 24-hour neighborhood hotline at 310-505-3158 after hours, if you have questions or thoughts to share.
Shelter in Place
If your children attend the Torrance Unified School District, chances are you understand how to Shelter in Place. Your kids do! The initial decisions you make and how you respond during an emergency is critical. Be prepared.
About the Torrance Refinery
Serving Customers in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada for more than 83 years
The year was 1929. The city of Torrance had only been incorporated for nine years when an oil refinery sprouted from acres of bean fields.
Tracing its beginnings from a Scottish sea captain named John Barneson, the facility was built in response to the mariner's vision of fueling ships in the Los Angeles harbor with recently discovered crude oil from California's San Joaquin Valley. Pipelines soon followed and during the Great Depression the refinery, then known as the General Petroleum Corporation, processed up to 30,000 barrels of crude oil daily lending a much-needed boost to the local economy.
Today, the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery processes more than five times this amount by using the most up-to-date technologies to produce the highest quality gasoline, aviation fuels and other materials to keep California and the West "on the move."
Harvesting California's Black Gold
The refinery's crude oil supply still comes primarily from the San Joaquin Valley. ExxonMobil's M-70 pipeline, one of the country's most advanced, carries some of the heaviest crude oil in the world from Central California to the refinery. More than 70 percent of each barrel is refined into high quality, specially formulated low emissions gasoline and sold in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Other products of the Torrance refining process include jet fuel, diesel fuel, liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), coke and sulfur.
Torrance Refinery at a Glance...