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Alkylation Safety & the Production of Cleaner Gasoline

Alkylate is critical to making clean, low-emission gasoline. Hydrofluoric (HF) acid is one of two primary catalysts used to make alkylate. When it comes to using HF, refiners take major precautions and employ prevention, detection and containment strategies to keep their workforces and communities safe. Tim Shepperd, an expert in alkylation safety with more than 30 years of refining industry experience gives an on-the-ground look at HF alkylation. Using live and modeled footage, he walks through the layers of safety systems and risk mitigation protocols facilities use to protect workers, their neighbors and the environment. For more information about alkylation safety, please visit

Additional reading: Banning Hydrofluoric Acid Won’t Eliminate Risk, But It Will Threaten Fuel Supplies

Young South Bay Inventors Emerge to Win National Awards

June 30th, 2022|

Torrance Refining Company (TORC) proudly introduces seven young South Bay inventors whose innovative creations received recognition at the National Invention Convention held in Michigan in June. Readers may recall the students’ journey began in the spring at the South [...]

Employee Profile – Get to Know Taylor Kang Obico

March 31st, 2022|

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Torrance Refining Company LLC (TORC) salutes the women (past and present) who have contributed to the improvement, development and growth of our business and those who continue to make positive impacts. In this [...]

Torrance Refinery Recognized with Best Culture Start-up Award

March 31st, 2022|

In early March, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Reliability and Maintainability Center (Center) presented Torrance Refining Company, LLC (TORC) with the Reliability of EverythingTM “Best Culture Start-Up Award,” in recognition of their successful efforts to improve asset reliability at [...]