We are preparing to perform planned maintenance on several of our refinery units. This maintenance project, called a “turnaround,” will continue for several months. We will shut down equipment in a portion of the refinery for inspection, cleaning, any needed repairs and improvement.
Turnarounds are conducted in compliance with rigorous safety and environmental regulations to improve the refinery’s efficiency, ensure mechanical
integrity and meet regulatory obligations.
To aid us in safely completing this turnaround, we have hired approximately 1000 additional contractors who specialize in refinery maintenance. We are providing parking for these contractors on refinery property.
During the turnaround, you may notice:
- increased traffic during shift changes, between the hours of 4-7 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. We are coordinating with the Torrance Police Department to ensure adequate monitoring and traffic control.
- the use of our flare, which is an integral part of the refining process. The flare is a key safety device that ensures the safe combustion of excess, flammable gases. During shutdown and startup of units, you may see intermittent planned flaring. While flaring is a necessary and environmentally and technology sound safety measure, we will make every effort to minimize its use. The South Coast Air Quality Management District regulates the emissions from refinery flare systems. You may see “planned flaring” alerts issued, this is precautionary and does not
mean that we will actually flare.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this important work to support safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations.
Questions? Call our 24-Hour Community Hotline at (310) 505-3158 or our Community Relations Department at (310) 212-1852, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. –4:30 p.m.