Great Heritage Greater Vision

Oct 22 - 28, 2007


Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) is a member of the Attock Group of Companies, the only fully integrated group covering all segments of oil and gas industry from exploration, production and refining to marketing of petroleum products, besides being also engaged in power generation, manufacturing and trading of cement and other entrepreneurial activities. ARL is strategically located up-country in the north of Pakistan and caters to the petroleum products requirements in its region of location.

Since its commissioning in 1922, ARL has passed through various stages of transformation and has stood the test of time through war and peace. From Batch distillation stills of 2,500 Barrels Per Day (BPD), today it has grown into a modern state-of-the-art refinery with a capacity of 40,000 BPD.

ARL was incorporated as a private Limited Company in November 1978 to undertake the business of the Attock Oil Company Limited (AOC) relating to refining of crude oil and supply of refined petroleum products. It was subsequently converted into a Public Limited Company in June 1979 and is listed on the three Stock Exchanges of the country. The Company is also registered with the Central Depository Company of Pakistan (CDC).

Strategically located at Rawalpindi, ARL's configuration allows it to process from the lightest to the heaviest (23-65 API) Crudes to produce a complete range of Petroleum Products from LPG to Asphalt including specialty products such as Jet Fuels, Cutback Asphalts, Polymer Modified Asphalt, Mineral Turpentine Oil and Solvent Oil.

ARL is receiving and processing crude from Northern and Southern oil fields of Pakistan. 70% of crude processed at ARL is received through pipeline and the rest is through road bowsers. ARL is the only refinery processing all the Heavy Crude produced in the country.

It all began in 1922, when two small (2,500 Barrel per day) "Stills" came on stream at Morgah. The setting up of these facilities followed the first discovery of oil at Khaur where drilling started on January 22, 1915 and at a very shallow depth of 223 feet 5,000 barrels of oil flowed. Fortune turned in 1937 with the discovery of oil in Well No. 7 at Dhulian. As the crude availability and the demand for petroleum products in the area have increased, so has the capacity of the refinery. The capacity of the refinery was increased in 1981 by the addition of two Distillation units of 5,000 and 20,000 BPD capacity each. Another major expansion and upgradation project was completed in 1999 with the installation of Heavy crude Unit of 10,000 BPD and a Catalytic Reformer of 5,000 BPD. A Captive Power Plant with installed capacity of 7.5 Megawatt was commissioned in 2000.


ARL is in continuous search for value-added products and has produced and supplied Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB), which is the first venture of this kind in the country and in line with our long term commitment for bringing innovation to our valued customers, ensuring durability and maintainability of Pakistan's roads in the process.

ARL has also successfully added JP-8 to its range of Jet fuels production, which already includes JP-1.

ARL is supplying Unleaded Gasoline, Low Sulfur Diesel and Low Sulfur Furnace Oil to the market in line with its policy of producing more environment friendly fuels. ARL is now targeting low benzene and low aromatics gasoline production.


In line with the Government's policy for maximization of exports, ARL has also successfully exported PMG, HSD and Jet Fuels to Afghanistan and Petrochemical grade Naphtha to Singapore, Middle East, etc.

Contribution to the National Economy of Pakistan ARL is enormously contributing towards the economy of Pakistan in the following manner:

-Supply of petroleum products to Civil and Defense market including Airlines, Railways, Power stations, Cement and other industries.

-Providing an outlet to indigenous produced crude oil in Pakistan and particularly from the Northern fields.

-Generation of government duties/taxes on supply of petroleum products including General Sales Tax.

-Generation of foreign exchange earnings through petroleum products exports including Naphtha/Jet Fuels etc.

-Providing employment and work opportunities in the Refinery including deployment of large transportation fleet for crude oil and products movement.


At ARL, we are committed to follow the highest standards of ethical business practices. Our actions are governed by the values and principles that we share. We have committed our self to conduct the business in an honest, ethical, transparent and legal manner.

ARL ensures full compliance with:

1. Code of Corporate Governance issued by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

2. ARL's Statement of Ethics and Business Practices

3. ARL Core Values and

4. Code of Practice for Gender Justice at the workplace.

5. Quality, Environment and Occupational Health & Safety Standards (ISO: 9001-2000, ISO: 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO/IEC 17025: 2005)

ARL compliance with the Good Business practices is evident from the following awards/recognitions received from:

Best Corporate Report in Energy Sector Award by Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) & Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP)

3rd Position 2000
2nd Position 2001
1st Position 2002
2nd Position 2003
1st Position 2004
2nd Position 2005

Country's Premier Corporate Excellence Award by Management Association of Pakistan

1st Position 2002
2nd Position 2003
2nd Position 2004
2nd Position 2005

Exporter of Petroleum Products Award by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCCI) & Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)

1st Position 2003
1st Position 2004
1st Position 2005
1st Position 2006
1st Position 2007

Environment Excellence Award by National Forum for Environment & Health ( NFEH)

1st Position 2006
1st Position 2007

CSR Award by Helpline Trust & Pakistan Standard & Quality Control Authority 2007

CSR Award by CSR Association of Pakistan & Help International Welfare Trust 2007


ARL promotes CSR as part of its core values to create the foundation for a more equitable, just, productive, competitive and knowledge-based environment. ARL history of over 80 years is replete with CSR initiatives. ARL's activities in this domain are distinguished from others on account of the innovative and sustainable nature of its CSR initiatives socially, economically and environmentally. ARL's priority areas for CSR activities are health, education, women and youth development, environment, provision of potable water and poverty alleviation. Investing in the communities in which we operate is not just a demand that must be met; it is a philosophy that we adhere to. ARL therefore places tremendous importance towards contributing to the well being of the communities in which we operate. We continue to undertake community projects in consultation with local communities and administrations.

ARL's CSR Initiatives whether in the field of environment, health care, development of women skills, alleviation of poverty; or conservation of rich biodiversity are all sustainable in nature.


ARL's management is committed to:

1. Increasing refining capacity,
2. Providing environment-friendly and high quality petroleum products,
3. Clean, pollution free production practices and
4. Diversification.

ARL intends to install a Pre-flash Unit 12,400 BPD to enhance ARL's existing distillation capacity to 52,500 BPD. This will cater for the expected crude discoveries in the region.

With the increase in crude processing capacity, light straight run Naphtha (LSRN) availability will also increase. In order to further improve the octane pool and reduce benzene aromatics of the gasoline product, an Isomerization Unit is planned to upgrade the LSRN to higher octane.

True to its heritage of being pioneers and pacesetters and keeping the national interests supreme in all its endeavours, ARL rose to the occasion by conceiving a 165 MW fuel oil fired thermal power plant at Morgah, Rawalpindi and a special purpose company by the name of Attock Gen Ltd (AGL) was incorporated. The company has already achieved its financial close and work on this project is in progress on fast track basis. The most unique feature of AGL's power plant is its fuel which is environment friendly low sulphur furnace oil which is extracted from the indigenous crude oil processed at the Attock Refinery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The electricity generated by AGL will be sold to National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) under a Power Purchase Agreement ("PPA").

As part of ARL's business expansion and diversification plans, a White Petroleum Oil pipeline project has been launched considering it the safest, economical, most reliable and environmental friendly mode of transportation. The project includes laying a 470 Km. long pipeline from Machhike (Sheikhu Pura) to Morgah to Taru Jabba (Peshawar).