Contract for $750 mln 100,000 bpd oil refinery likely next month: Ministry

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 (APP): Practical work on the multi-billion dollar abandoned Khalifa Coastal Oil Refinery project would start soon, official sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said Wednesday.

In a bid to achieve self-reliance in the oil production sector, they told APP that the Pakistan Arab Refinery Company (PARCO) had been given the task to complete the project, which was stopped during the previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party.

The project, approved in October 2007, was suspended several times due to paucity of funds, they added.

“The PARCO will complete the refinery, having capacity to process 250,000 barrels oil per day – equal to 13 million tons of petroleum products per year,” they said.

The sources informed that concerted efforts were being made for groundbreaking of the project at the earliest, adding that the refinery would be completed in a period of three to five years.

Presently, they said 70 percent of the current oil demand was met through import and the government had planned to set up more oil refineries in the coming days.

The government has allotted 1,000 acres of land in Balochistan for the refinery project, being executed at a cost of around $5 billion.