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Attock refinery limited: Glorious past and promising future

Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) is the pioneer and pacesetter of Pakistan’s petroleum refining industry. Set up in 1922, the Refinery consisted of two small stills of 2,500 barrel per day (bpd). It was expanded in late thirties and early forties to a total capacity of 10,000 bpd. In 1981 addition of two distillation units enhanced the Refinery’s capacity to 35,000 bpd. In 1999 it was further up-graded with the addition of a Heavy Crude Unit, a Reformer unit and a Captive Power Plant with the capability to process from the lightest to the heaviest (10 – 65 API) crudes increasing the capacity of the refinery to 43,000 BPD.

In November 2016, ARL completed a major expansion and up-gradation project comprising Diesel Hydrodesulphurization (DHDS) Unit (to reduce sulphur contents in High Speed Diesel to meet Euro II specifications), Preflash Unit (to enhance refining capacity by 10,400 bpd), Isomerization Unit (to enhance production of Premium Motor Gasoline by about 70%) and expansion of existing Captive Power Plant by 18MW. After completion of the project the refining capacity has increased to 53,400 bpd with improved specifications of products.

Technical studies are underway for installation of Continuous Catalytic Reformer (CCR) for further improvement of gasoline specifications and installation of other process units for deep conversion to enhance volume of value added products.

Further expansion/upgradation of the refinery will depend on sustainable availability of local crude, demand supply situation of products, future product specificationsand investment friendly Refining Policy.

We have achieved various ISO and other certifications e.g. ISO 9001:2000 (2001), ISO 14001 (2002), OHSAS 18001 certification (2006), ISO 17025 accreditation for our laboratory and voluntarilyadoption of ISO 50001 Energy Management System. Automation of different critical processes like use of Distributed Control System, Auto Tanks Management System, MAXIMO – Inventory &Maintenance Management Systems, Human Resources Management System,ORACLE Financials, Laboratory Information Management System, Integrated Management System, Incident Reporting System, Permit to Work System and Fuel Management System are some of the important examples of technologicaltransformations that have taken place in our various spheres of activities.

Our emphasis on quality assurance has enabled us to meet international safety best practices benchmarks as well as compliance with National Environment Quality Standards (NEQS). We have also enacted UN Global Compact Principals in our business process. All these steps prove our commitment to quality, safety and to reduce the environmental footprint of our processes. As a result of these efforts, significant reductions in Total Accident Incident Frequency (TAIFR) rate as well as Loss Time Injury (LTI) have been achieved.

ARL has always believed in working as part of the community and all its CSR activities whether in the field of environment, health care, development of vocational skills, income generation, poverty alleviation, Human Resource Development, education, promotion of sports or conservation of rich biodiversity of Potohar region are all sustainable in nature.

In a rapidly changing socio-economic environment, ARL has effectively evolved and adopted proactive measures to overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities for a promising future. As we look at our future, footprints of ARL in the sands of time provide the unwavering inspiration to continue and grow with the glorious traditions handed downthrough hard work of generations.

It is for these reasons, that today the Company continues to operate at about 100% capacity in spite of many hurdles and challenges through induction of advanced technologies, improvement in skill index of its human resources and excelling in standards of health, safety and environment.

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