It is a petroleum refinery and petrochemical complex engaged in the manufacture and sale of asphalts, BTX, fuel products and lubes for domestic consumption and export. National Refinery Limited is the second largest capacity refinery of Pakistan in terms of crude oil processing facilities and is the only lube oil refinery of Pakistan.
|National Refinery Limited|
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The company was incorporated in 1963 and first lube refinery was constructed in June 1966. Hydroskimming fuel refinery was commissioned in April 1977 and its capacity was increased in 1985. BTX (petrochemical) plant was constructed in April 1979 which was the first petrochemical unit of the country. Second lube refinery was constructed in February 1992. Since then various expansions of the refinery have been made. In 2005, the company was privatized and Attock Group acquired 51% share holding of National Refinery Limited.
The company's major purchases are made from Saudi Aramco, an oil company based in Saudi Arabia, with a history of no default up to the financial year ending 30 June 2011. Crude oil is also received on regular basis from the domestic oil companies in Pakistan. State Bank of Pakistan acts as the sovereign guarantor of payments made on time between the National Refinery Limited and the Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco.
In 2017, the Supreme Court of Pakistan imposed fines on National Refinery Limited for missing its due payments to the crude oil supplier Saudi Aramco which then State Bank of Pakistan had to step in and make those payments in the form of foreign currency.