The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Valero refinery in Pembrokeshire, which is celebrating 50 years since being officially opened, on Saturday.
Opened in 1964 by the Queen Mother, the refinery is one of the largest in Western Europe. Valero acquired the Pembroke Refinery from Chevron in 2011, marking Valero’s entry in the European refining market.
According to the BBC, approximately 270 000 bpd of crude oil is processed at the site, which has a pipeline stretching as far as Manchester, and supplies more than 10% of the UK’s fuel.
The refinery makes products including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas and petrochemical feedstocks. Approximately 44% of Pembroke’s products are gasolines, including ultra low sulfur gasoline, and approximately 40% of products are distillates.
The Duke and Duchess met workers and apprentices as well as looking at a display celebrating the last 50 years.
The company has described Prince William and Kate’s visit as a ‘huge honour’. Valero vice president and refinery general manager Ed Tomp said it was a recognition of the role the plant ‘continues to play supporting our economy and communities here in west Wales”.
Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.
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