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Chevron Company HistoryThe Chevron Richmond Refinery belongs to a community that possesses a richhistorydatingback to the early 1900s. In fact, the Refinery has been in place since before the City of Richmondwas incorporated in 1905. Today, the Refinery provides jobs for more than 1,000 people, coversapproximately 2,900 acres, and has a refining capacity of 240,000 barrels of crude oil per day.The Chevron Richmond Refinery processes more crude oil than any other refinery in the BayArea and ranks among the major refineries in the United States.Oil refining is a highly competitive capital-intensive business, requiring complex processingequipment. The essence of oil refining is converting crude oil into high-value products. Ourcentral focus is on making transportation fuels – gasoline, jet and diesel – as well as lubricatingoils. We are responsible caretakers of our land and environment; we operate our own electricity,steam, and water treatment facilities, and even maintain a vastwetlands reserve.What We Do: The Refining ProcessChevron's Richmond Refinery processes over 240,000 barrels of crude oil a day in themanufacture of petroleum products and chemicals used to manufacture many other usefulproducts. The Refinery's primary products are motor gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and lubricants.The refining process starts in the distillation towers. Here, liquids and vapors are separated intocomponents according to weight and boiling point. The lighter, more valuable fuels are separatedfrom the heavier products. From the crude units, nearly all of the products are then treated toremove sulfur and nitrogen, primarily by "hydrotreating." The resulting sulfur is recovered and
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