We take seriously our responsibility to CITGO's ultimate shareholder, the Venezuelan nation. That means safeguarding CITGO assets and operating the company safely, efficiently and profitably for Venezuela's future. It also means keeping you informed about how we are performing. This page, which we will update regularly, will provide important information on our operating results and – above all – deliver on our commitment of transparency and accountability to all our stakeholders.
Total refining performance was 764,000 bpd, of which crude oil runs accounted for 650,000 bpd, to obtain a 91% refining capacity utilization rate.
Exports continue to have increasing importance. For first quarter 2020, refined products exports averaged 181,000 bpd.
CITGO refineries were recently recognized for safety and environmental performance. The Lemont refinery received the AFPM Elite Gold Safety Award for outstanding performance in industrial safety and excellence in program innovation. and leadership throughout its history; and the Corpus Christi refinery obtained the 2019 ENERGY STAR designation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) awarded CITGO the 2020 Platinum Safety Award, its top industry honor for safety excellence in terminal operations.
In August 2020, the Lakes Charles Manufacturing Complex was awarded the inaugural American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Award for its outstanding workplace safety performance and leadership in the dock, tugboat, towboat and barge operations for the distribution of our products.
Later that month, the American Petroleum Institute (API) awarded our pipeline operations the 2019 Distinguished Pipeline Safety Awards for our leadership in fostering a safety culture and our continuous commitment to enhancing pipeline integrity.