RAWALPINDI: The Attock Refinery, pioneer and pacesetter in the country’s petroleum refining sector, has completed 100 years of its existence.
Starting its operation in 1922 at Morgah with two small stills of 2500 barrels per day, it has now grown into a modern state-of-the-art refinery having the capacity of 53,400 barrels per day.
With a turn-over of Rs128 billion in 2020-21, the refinery’s contribution to the national exchequer in the form of taxes and duties amounted to over Rs57 billion, in addition to the saving of $115 million achieved through import substitution and exports, Attock Refinery Chief Executive, M Adil Khattak said on the anniversary.
Attock Refinery is not only operating on 100 per cent indigenous crude oil, providing a major outlet to several oilfields spread over the northern part of the country, but also remains the main source of petroleum products to the civil and defence sectors in the northern region of Pakistan.
He hoped that approval of the new Pakistan Oil Refining Policy would not only enable ARL to go ahead with the aforementioned project but also attract investment in upgradation of other existing refineries as well as new green field refineries.
The ARL management and workers attended a ceremony held at Morgah to mark the centennial celebration of the refinery with Group Chief Executive, Attock Group and Chairman ARL, Shuaib A. Malik as the chief guest.
Published in Dawn, February 13th, 2022