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PARCO’s Mid-Country Refinery, is the country’s latest, largest and most complex refinery.
Commissioned in 2000 and built at a staggering cost of US$ 886 million, PARCO’s crown jewel, the Mid Country Refinery (MCR), adds a massive 120,000 BPD to the country’s refining capacity. Located at Mahmoodkot near Multan, MCR is not only the most modern but also the largest operating refinery in the country.
The MCR employs the most critical processes involved in refining and produces a diverse array of products, including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), High Octane Blending Component (HOBC), Kerosene, Jet Fuel (JP-1 & JP-4), High Speed Diesel (HSD), Light Speed Diesel (LDO), Furnace Oil (FO), and Sulphur. Notably, PARCO Pearl Gas (Pvt.) Ltd. (PPGL), a 100% subsidiary of PARCO, takes care of LPG marketing and distribution. PPGL is the largest LPG marketing company in Pakistan, nationally marketing its product under the brand name “Parco Pearl Gas”. These products are delivered to customers through Gantry Operation at MCR and via PARCO’s Mahmoodkot-Faisalabad-Machike (MFM) Pipeline System. The refinery is also capable of producing lead-free Motor Gasoline of 90 Octane, and low-sulphur content fuel oil that meets international standards.
The MCR has a refining capacity of 120,000 BPD, processing a mixed Arabian Light/Upper Zakum/Murban/Das and Indigenous Crude slate. This is transported to the refinery site by PARCO’s existing pipeline System from Karachi.
As a grassroots Refinery, MCR possesses both primary and secondary processing facilities and supporting infrastructure. This allows the process units to operate efficiently, producing the desired slate of products in an economic and flexible manner. The refinery’s primary control center, the Main Control Room, operates with a microprocessor-based Distributed Control System (DCS). Three additional subsidiary control rooms collectively manage eleven On-site Process Units and Off-site/utilities, as well as other permanent facilities. The refinery is equipped with 46 tanks to store Crude Oil, intermediate feed stocks, and finished products, besides other specific areas of the refinery.
In addition to its advanced facilities, MCR offers a high standard residential facility for employees and their families. This includes a mix of houses, apartments, a guest house, a fully operational club, and an array of facilities such as a school, hospital, gymnasium, bowling alley, parks, mosque, auditorium, shopping center, sports complexes, and much more.