Attock Petroleum Refinery
Attock Petroleum Refinery

The Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) is the pioneer in crude oil refining in the country with its operations dating back to 1922 [1]Company profile  ARL . Attock Refinery located at Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan [2] Contact information .

Traded As:Refinery Petroleum
In Urdu:اٹک ریفائنری
Key People:Mr. Laith G. Pharaon, Mr. Wael G. Pharaon, Mr. Shuaib A. Malik, Mr. Abdus Sattar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Jamil A. Khan, Mr. Shamim Ahmad Khan
Milestones:1910, 1915, 1922, 1937, 1968, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007
Product:Oil products
Revenue:66.56b as of 2016
Cash On Hand:9.69b as of 2016
Operating Expenses :68,201 million as of 2016
Total assets:83.18b as of 2016
Paid-Up Capital: 852.93 million
Net Income Before Taxes :708 million as of 2016
Net Income Before Extra. Items:2,529 million as of 2016
Number of employees:826
Net Income:3,600 million as of 2016

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Attock Refinery Limited

Attock Refinery Limited (ARL)
Attock Refinery Limited (ARL)  [3] Official  Attock Refinery Limited  was incorporated as a Private Limited Company in November, 1978 to take over the business of the Attock Oil Company Limited (AOC) relating to refining of crude oil and supplying of refined petroleum products. It was subsequently converted into a Public Limited Company in June, 1979 and its shares are quoted on the Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited in Pakistan. The Company is also registered with Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited (CDC).

Original paid-up capital of the Company was Rs 80 million which was subscribed by the holding company i.e. AOC, Government of Pakistan, investment companies and general public. The present paid-up capital of the Company is Rs 852.93 million.

ARL is the pioneer of crude oil refining in the country with its operations dating back to 1922. Backed by a rich experience of more than 90 years of successful operations, ARL’s plants have been gradually upgraded / replaced with state-of-the-art hardware to remain competitive and meet new challenges and requirements.

It all began in February 1922, when two small stills of 2,500 barrel per day (bpd) came on stream at Morgah following the first discovery of oil at Khaur where drilling started on January 22, 1915 and at very shallow depth of 223 feet 5,000 barrels of oil flowed. After discovery of oil in Dhulian in 1937, the Refinery was expanded in late thirties and early forties. A 5,500 bpd Lummus Two-Stage-Distillation Unit, a Dubbs Thermal Cracker Lubricating Oil Refinery, Wax Purification facility and the Edeleanu Solvent Extraction unit for smoke-point correction of Kerosene were added.

There were subsequent discoveries of oil at Meyal and Toot (1968). Reservoir studies during the period 1970-78 further indicated high potential for crude oil production of around 20,000 bpd. In 1981, the capacity of Refinery was increased by the addition of two distillation units of 20,000 and 5,000 bpd capacity. Due to their vintage, the old units for lube/ wax production, as well as Edeleanu, were closed down in 1986. Another expansion and up gradation project was completed in 1999 with the installation of a Heavy Crude Unit of 10,000 bpd and a Catalytic Reformer of 5,000 bpd. In 2000, a Captive Power Plant with installed capacity of 7.5 Megawatt was commissioned.


The latest Expansion / Up-gradation Project completed in November 2016 comprised the following:

  • Diesel Hydro Desulphurization (DHDS) unit: This has reduced Sulphur contents in the High Speed Diesel to meet Euro II specification;
  • Preflash unit: This has increased refining capacity by 10,400 bpd;
  • Light Naphtha Isomerization unit: This has enhanced production of Premium Motor Gasoline by about 20,000 M. Tons per month;
  • Expansion of existing Captive power plant by 18 MW.  

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Laith G. Pharaon
  • Mr. Wael G. Pharaon
  • Mr. Shuaib A. Malik
  • Mr. Abdus Sattar
  • Mr. Sajid Nawaz 
  • Mr. Jamil A. Khan
  • Mr. Shamim Ahmad Khan


  • 1910    Beginning of operations by AOC
  • 1915    First discovery of oil at Khaur District by AOC
  • 1922    Commissioning of two small refining units at Morgah near Rawalpindi with the capacity of 2,500 BPD
  • 1937    Discovery of oil in Dhulian and installation of Dubbs and Lummus Plants with the capacity of 5,500 BPD
  • 1968    Discovery of oil at Meyal and Toot oilfields
  • 1978    Incorporation of ARL
  • 1979    Conversion of ARL into a Public Limited Company and its listing on three stock exchanges of the country
  • 1981    Refining capacity was increased by the addition of two distillation units of 5,000 & 20,000 BPD capacity each
  • 1987    Commissioning of dispatches of petroleum products through pipeline to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) with computerized metering
  • 1996    Effluent Treatment Plant
  • 1999    Expansion and upgradation project with the installation of Heavy Crude Unit of 10,000 BPD and Catalytic Reformer Complex of 5,000 BPD
  • 2000    Commissioning of Captive Power Plant with the capacity of 7.5 MW
  • 2001    ISO-9001: 2000 certification
  • 2001    Production of Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB)
  • 2002    ISO-14001 certification
  • 2005    ARL’s current nameplate capacity is 40,000 BPD and has the capability to process heaviest to lightest (12-65 API) crudes
  • 2006    OHSAS – 18001 certification
  • 2007    ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation

Achievement Awards

  • UN Global Compact Award 2010-2011
  • Annual Environmental Excellence Award 2011
  • ECO Green Award 2011
  • Best Corporate Report Award 2012 (ICAP & ICMAP)
  • Best Sustainability Report Award 2012 (ACCA & WWF)
  • HRBS Talent Triangle Award 2012
  • RoSPA Award 2013

Memberships in Industry and Business Associates

  1. Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited
  2. Oil Company Advisory Committee (OCAC)
  3. Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI)
  4. Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industries (OICCI)
  5. Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI)
  6. Petroleum Institute of Pakistan (PIP)
  7. Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA)
  8. Management Association of Pakistan (MAP)
  9. Employer’s Federation of Pakistan
  10. Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
  11. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), USA
  12. Fire Prevention Association of Pakistan
  13. Pakistan Alliance Against Sexual Harassment (AASHA)
  14. CSR Association of Pakistan
  15. Alternative Energy Development Board
  16. Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)
  17. Key Point Installation Division (KPID), Ministry of Interior
  18. Japan Cooperation Center Petroleum (JCCP)
  19. Nippon Keidanren International Cooperation Center (NIC)


The Attock Refinery Limited produces the full range of petroleum products:

  1. Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  2. Petroleum Solvent Grade 45/120
  3. Naphta
  4. Unleaded Premium Motor Gasoline (PMG)
  5. Mineral Turpentine (MTT)
  6. JP-1
  7. JP-8
  8. Kerosene Oil
  9. High Speed Diesel (HSD)
  10. Light Diesel Oil (LDO)
  11. Jute Batching Oil (JBO)
  12. Furnace Fuel Oil (FFO)
  13. Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (LSFO)
  14. Residuel Furnace Oil (RFO)
  15. Paving Grade Asphalts
  16. Cut Back Asphalts
  17. Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB)

Future Projects

Viability of further expansion / upgradation of the refinery will depend on sustainable local crude availability, quality of crude, demand supply situation of products and the prevalent product specifications in the country.

Refinery Upgradation

In order to further improve the product specifications and enhance value added products’ volume, installation of process units like Continuous Catalytic Regeneration (CCR) Naphtha Reforming Unit, Hydrocracker and Delayed Coker units are being explored.

New Refinery

ARL also has plans to install a state-of-the-art new deep conversion green- field refinery of 50,000 BPD capacity, if sustainable enhanced supplies of local crude from North become available and the Government comes up with investment friendly Refining policy.

White Oil Pipeline Project

This project comprises of a cross country product oil pipeline from Machike-Taru Jabba- Peshawar. The Project is on hold due to various issues related to throughput, guarantees and tariff considerations.

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