About our facilities Tracing its beginnings from a Scottish sea captain named John Barneson, the facility was built in 1929 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." It covers 750 acres, employs approximately 650 employees and 550 contractors, processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oily per day and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year. 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. ExxonMobil's Torrance Refinery works in concert with our pipelines and terminals to supply nearly 10 percent of the gasoline sold in the Golden State. Along with producing three grades of gasoline, the Torrance Refinery produces diesel fuel, jet fuel, liquified petroleum gases (LPGs), coke and sulfur. ExxonMobil uses state-of-the-art technology, highly trained technicians and a network of pipelines and terminals to make sure that consumers keep on the go. This network includes a pipeline from the refinery directly to Los Angeles International Airport, helping facilitate air travel out of the world's third busiest airport. Pipelines and terminals Pipelines connect us to our customers. They are used to bring raw materials into the Torrance Refinery, such as crude oil which is transported from the San Joaquin Valley of Central California through our M-70 pipeline. As the San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the thickest crude oil in the world, the oil must be heated and mixed with additives, called cutter, before it can be transported in the pipeline. The M-70 pipeline was replaced in 1993 and is one of the safest, most environmentally sound petroleum pipelines in the nation. Pipelines also transport finished products from the Torrance Refinery to our terminals. Trucks seen replenishing Mobil branded gasoline stations in Southern California transport product from terminals located in Anaheim, San Diego, Vernon, Colton and directly from the Torrance Refinery. The terminals are fully automated allowing for deliveries 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. ExxonMobil's network of pipelines is continuously monitored by state of the art electronic control centers located in Houston and Dallas, Texas as well as at the Torrance Refinery. Loading and unloading processes at our terminals are also automated, allowing for continuous monitoring from these off-site locations. Remote electronic monitoring is combined with local response personnel to enable quick detection and response to any problems. Pipeline and terminal personnel regularly participate in drills with local safety agencies to prepare for emergencies. ExxonMobil is committed to maintaining and improving the integrity of our pipelines. Corrosion prevention programs ensure that systems are equipped with cathodic protection to minimize and prevent corrosion. Coatings are also applied to the pipe to prevent contact between the metal and corrosive materials in the soil. In addition, periodic aerial inspections are made by flight patrols to detect evidence of any leaks.