Shell Refinery Fuels Education in Martinez


The 2018 Shell Martinez Refinery & Martinez Education Foundation's (MEF) 5K Run for Education was a huge success! Hundreds of athletes of all ages helped raise $90,000 for MEF.

Shell Martinez Community News


Our Shell Martinez volunteers and workers have been working on many events and programs in the city of Martinez.

Shell Martinez Student Essay Contest Winners Announced


Winners of the 2016 Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Shell Martinez Refinery have been announced, with nine students from Martinez Unified School District schools winning prizes ranging from $100 to $2,500.

Shell/MEF Run Raises Record $100,000


The 2015 Shell/MEF Run for Education raises a record $100,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation during the Shell Martinez Refinery’s centennial year.

13th Annual Run for Education


The Shell/MEF Run for Education fundraising 5K/10K event will take place on Oct. 4, in downtown Martinez. Sign up now!

Flare Work Planned for This Weekend


Pending any further scheduling issues, we are planning to move forward with our flare work this coming weekend (Jan. 19). This is the work on the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery that we had previously re-scheduled a couple of times.

Flare Work Weekend of Jan. 12


We wanted to let you know that we will be doing some work on one of our flares over the weekend of Jan. 12 near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

Greenhouse gas reduction - a top priority


Greenhouse gas reduction - a top priority at Shell Martinez. We are mindful of the important role we have in constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Veterans Fundraiser Dinner a Huge Success


The Shell Martinez Refinery and general managers meeting from the throughout the Americas in Martinez hosted a successful fundraising dinner on Tues., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Martinez, raising more than $11,000 for needed kitchen improvements.

11th Annual Run-Walk for Education


On your mark, get set, and run (or walk) for education! The 11th annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation Run for Education will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, in downtown Martinez.

Shell Martinez - Working Safely Every Day


Shell Martinez Refinery workers put safety first every day. Shell’s annual Safety Day in June gave us a chance to interview some of the workers, from the general manager to some operators and engineers, about how they ensure that safe practices and mindsets are always at the forefront of every job we do.

Video of Beacon lift-off


Shell Martinez Refinery and Maxim Crane were privileged to be entrusted with the recent removal of the “Eye of Diablo”.

State Officials Visit Shell, Tour Refinery


We are very proud to have hosted some of the state’s top safety officials at the refinery today including the Chief of Cal-OSHA and the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Video of Marvin Odum and Cho Khong in Silicon Valley


In addition to appearing at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Shell President Marvin Odum also addressed the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley along with Dr. Cho Khong, Shell Scenarios expert.

Contra Costa Poll Luncheon on April 8


The Contra Costa Council will be hosting a luncheon on April 8 to discuss the latest results of the Contra Costa Poll funded by Shell, Phillips and Tesoro.

No incident at Shell


We have received word from some of our employees that there is a news report about an incident of some kind that mistakenly identifies Shell as the source.

PG&E Work Sunday


We got word from PG&E that they will be venting a small amount of natural gas from a valve near our Pacheco fence line this coming Sunday morning.

Latest Shell Scenario Work


Shell is famous for its energy scenario work, exploring how economic, political and social forces shape both the energy system and the environment.

Community Appreciation Day in Martinez, California


Every year we try to get out to the local Martinez Stations and just let the community of Martinez know how much we appreciate them and how lucky we feel to be able to do business in such a great community. So today we're doing full service gasoline.

Baseball Anyone?


I love working at Shell, but I will confess that I love baseball more.  

Flare Work Complete


The flare work at the refinery has been completed. Thanks to all of our neighbors for your patience as we had to re-schedule this project a couple of times.

More Security Upgrades


Neighbors on the Grandview side of the refinery may notice some extra activity in the coming weeks as we continue with various security upgrades to the facility.

Flare Work Postponed


The flare work we had originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. Our apologies for the schedule change. We will update this blog when we have a new date.

Lesher blogs from Germany


Guten Tag from the Rhine River in Germany, where I am honored to be leading the social performance review at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery complex.

Shell Wharf Work


We will be doing some work down at our wharf through the next couple of months.

More on Winter Gas


Governor Brown issued an order to the California Air Resources Board directing them to allow refineries to begin blending “winter gasoline”

Good Neighbor Column on Shell/MEF Run for Education


Faith Barnidge, the Contra Costa Times’ Good Neighbor columnist, has a good column on our upcoming Shell/MEF Run for Education this Sunday. This year there are two races, a 5k and a new 10k, as the run marks its 10th anniversary of supporting Martinez schools.

Flare Work Complete


The testing we did on our flare this weekend has been successfully completed with no issues.

Test Complete


Update–In follow-up to the earlier post, I’m told the siren has been tested and is ok.

Siren test this afternoon


We got word from the county that they will be testing one of the community warning sirens this afternoon.

Refinery Odor


Residents on the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery may be smelling a propane/sour type odor.

Shell and Confire at Fire School


The Shell Martinez Refinery took four Contra Costa Consolidated Fire Department personnel along with 25 Shell Martinez firefighters 

A Culture of Safety


Shell Martinez Refinery must ensure the health and safety of our workers and other workers at our site

Activity at Shell


A heads up that you are going to see a lot of activity around Shell for the next couple of weeks as we begin some maintenance work on Saturday.

Shell Activity on Marina Vista Monday


Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that, weather permitting, we will be doing a concrete pour this coming Monday, April 9 in the northern part of the refinery, north of Marina Vista.

Shell Holiday Activities


As usual, folks at Shell Martinez are very busy for the holidays.  We are mindful of the fact that in this environment, the help of our company and our employees is needed perhaps more than ever.  Thanks to all of our employees and partners for their work on so many great community projects.

- Steve

Shell Donates $10,000


Wanted to share with you a press release put out by Los Medanos College recently. I’ve pasted it below. We are happy to support this program at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg — Erin

Proud of his NFL Running Back Son


When the Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Oakland on Oct. 23 to play the Raiders at the Coliseum, Shell Martinez inspector Jack Battle was in the stands cheering on the visiting team.

Shell Employee Makes the News


Martinez Refinery employee David Hedrick, who works in our Production Excellence Department, was featured in the Dixon Tribune this week for the colorful way that he and his wife, Elaine, decorate their house for Halloween. Neighbors call it the “Spider House,” and David is sometimes referred to as “Spider Man.”

Annual Shelter-In Place Drill to take place Nov. 2


The Contra Costa CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response) group, of which Shell Martinez Refinery is a member, is going to hold its to 10th annual Shelter-in Place drill at local schools on Nov. 2. Read all about it in these attached links.  Go out and enjoy this gorgeous fall weather we are experiencing and stay safe!

Check out the Energy Diet Challenge


Our colleagues in Shell Canada are involved in a cool partnership with Canadian Geographic, the “Energy Diet Challenge.”  Six families have been selected to participate in a competition for household energy efficiency.  The winning household will win a Toyota Prius.

Work Going on North of Marina Vista


We wanted to let the community know about some work we are doing in the refinery north of Marina Vista. Although it is distant from most homes, some people may hear some pile driving noise intermittently over the next few weeks. The overall project is going to run through the next year and a half, but the vast majority of work should be unnoticeable to you.

9th Annual Run-Walk for Education


The 9th annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation 5k Run-Walk for Education will take place Saturday, Oct. 1st in downtown Martinez.

Congressman Thompson Visits Refinery


We are very honored to have hosted Congressman Mike Thompson and his aide Brian Bottari for a tour of the refinery today.  Congressman Thompson now represents a good portion of Martinez.  Thanks to him and to Brian for investing their time to come and learn about the facility and visit with our employees.  It was great to have them both here. 

- Steve

Political Expert Draws Crowd


Marc Sandalow, former Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle and currently the editor-in-chief of the California News Service

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