PRL advances refinery expansion & upgrade projects with strategic meetings in China

In a significant step towards enhancing Pakistan’s refining capabilities, senior management from Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) recently visited China to engage with Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractors and financial institutions. These discussions were highly productive, laying the groundwork for the forthcoming phases of PRL’s Refinery Expansion & Upgrade Project (REUP). Chinese companies were keen to collaborate with PRL on this mega opportunity.

The REUP project is a major initiative for PRL, aimed at doubling the refinery’s crude processing capacity from 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 100,000 bpd. This expansion will be complemented by adopting a state-of-the-art Deep Conversion Refinery configuration. The upgraded refinery will utilise advanced technology to meet stringent environmental standards, including producing EURO V standard fuels, thereby significantly enhancing PRL’s operational efficiency and environmental footprint.

“PRL is ahead of all refineries in Pakistan right now regarding our Refinery Expansion & Upgrade Project,” stated Zahid Mir, Managing Director & CEO of PRL. “The meetings with EPC contractors in China yielded very positive results. We have developed a comprehensive plan to award the EPC contract by the end of this year and work towards achieving the financial close of the project by mid-next year. The feedback from these discussions has been overwhelmingly supportive.” In addition to these strategic meetings, PRL has also proactively engaged with the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to sign a supplementary agreement.

PRL has requested amendments to the existing agreements to align with the updated brownfield policy. This step is crucial for securing the regulatory support for the project’s successful implementation and long-term sustainability. The Refinery Expansion & Upgrade Project represents a substantial investment in Pakistan’s energy infrastructure. By doubling capacity, producing value-added products, and adhering to international environmental standards, including the production of EURO V-compliant MS and HSD, PRL aims to strengthen its position in the global energy market and contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth.

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