Company Introduction

  • Following the concession of oil extraction and exploitation throughout Iran - with the exception of the five northern provinces - in the year 1901by Mozaffaruddin Shah Qari to "William Knox Darcy" of England, drilling bit experienced his first rotations in Middle East soil, and thus the name of Iran as the first origin of the Middle East oil industry was recorded in world history. A whole century has passed since that date, and the Iranian oil industry is preparing for the second century of its existence.
  • During this one-hundred-year period, the oil industry, on the one hand, as a technical and industrial phenomenon, opened the door of world science to Iranians. and in the other hand, in relation to foreigner's greeding, one requires a thorough and profound revision of the history of one hundred years of land development.
  • The first exploration operations in Iran were carried out in the areas of Ghasreshirin and Chah-e Sorkh, which were not satisfactory. Although drilling in these areas proved the existence of oil, the yields of the wells were not sufficient to justify continuing operations at the sites. Subsequently, drilling spares were moved to the more southern areas around Shushtar.
  • Experts were optimistic about the outcome of the operation in the area, but the major problem was that Darcy's capital was not sufficient. Future plans would entail heavier costs that Darcy himself could not afford. By the end of the year 1904; he had spent about two hundred and twenty-five thousand liras, which at that time was a considerable sum.
  • With the eruption of oil from the first well drilled in Masjed Suleiman region in the year 1908, the construction of the Abadan oil refinery began in year 1913.

Start of Kermanshah Refinery (Second Refinery of Iran):

  • In 1922, drilling groups returned to the border area of Kermanshah province. From this time, oil extraction activities started at the Ghasreshirin border and after oil extraction, the area was named "Naft Shah Oil Field" and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Naftshahr Oil Field" renamed.
  • To transport light crude oil from the Naftshahr oil field to Kermanshah Refinery, a 3-inch-diameter 260-km pipeline was built and the company first started operating at a nominal capacity of 2,000 barrels per day and refining up to 5,000 barrels.
  • Increasing the area's need for more petroleum products in the years 1969-1971, after dismantling the old refinery, in order to its renovation and development, the crude pipelines from 3 inches to 8 inches changed; and  new refinery equipment was designed and engineered by UOP. Continental was built and installed by Netherland Engineering contractors. And with the introduction of new refining methods, the new refinery with a design capacity of 15,000 barrels per day began operating in 1971, and subsequently its operational capacity reached approximately 19,000 barrels per day.
  • by starting of the imposed war, occupation of the Naftshahr Region and bombing of the Kermanshah refinery, production cycle was cut off, herein which due to being strategic of the refinery, in providing fuel need of Eastern Regions of the state; the new pipeline- Afrineh of Kermanshah was constructed with a diameter of 16 inches- 172 km length; and  this time the crude oil of Ahvaz - Asmari and Serkan - Maleh Kuh was transferred to refinery and in November 1983 was used for refining of heavy crude oil in the south.

The refinery has been awarded to the private sector through public bidding since 2016, with the new management of hexane polymer production projects, the launch of a vacuum tower and the refinery's massive development with the participation of domestic knowledge-based and foreign investment companies. Increasing refinery production to 40,000 bpd will improve the quality of the company's products in terms of profitability and quantitative and qualitative development. Kermanshah Refinery currently supplies more than 60% of the province's energy needs as carriers. Kermanshah Oil Refining Company has been awarded various Certificates of Quality Management System, Safety and Health and Environmental Management:

1.      Title of the country's Green Industry in 2001 and 2006

2.      Receiving the title of the country's prominent Green Industry and receiving the highest tandis by the EPA in 2008 and 2017.

3.       Obtain IMS quality management system certification

4.       Obtain quality management system certification according to ISO 9001,2008, ISO / TS 29001: 2010

5.       Obtain environmental management system certification according to standard:        ISO14001: 200

6.       Obtain the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management System according to standard OHSAS18001: 2007

7.      Establishing energy standard management ISO 5001


• Company products including:


•         Liquefied gas, motor oil, kerosene, petroleum gas and Furnace Oil, pentane (shall be sent for petrochemical use in the country). It should be noted that the company has been Started to produce test fuel for aircraft ( ATK) since 2011).


Also special products include:

·         Pentane solvent

·         Normal hexane

·         Solvent 402

·         Solvent 410

·         Solvent 503

·         Raffinet

·         Hydrocarbon MC160

·         Light naphtha

·         Butane gas

·         LPG



·         Kermanshah Oil Refinery Co. in Sacred Defense


·         A product accompanies with self-sacrifice and endurance 

The city of Kermanshah, adjacent to the Iran-Iraq border, has been subjected to brutal Ba'athist attacks since the imposed war, and the Kermanshah refinery has been subjected many attacks, too. The bombardments caused a great deal of damage to the facilities, making every viewer extremely worried and making it impossible for them to repair the damage. But the company's hard-working, self-sacrificing staff never lost sight of it, and while the city was ruined and devastated, every time a brutal attack on a fire extinguisher facility was made, with the utmost effort to plan ahead in the shortest possible time. They examined the damages and rebuilt those damaged constructions under the planes and red alarms. These reconstructions were unique in terms of time


·         Passive defense in sacred defense


In the case of installation protection, the first large containers were stacked inside sandbags and, after the prolonged war, the containers were replaced by concrete boxes and pipelines channels for production transfer between the refinery and the delivery was filtered using sand filters up to 2 m height. Concrete trenches were constructed in various parts of the company and organizational homes to protect the lives of employees and residents of quarter homes during air strike

·         Front Support

Joining the sport club of the company in the Revolutionary Guards for three years, at which time it became a hospital

It was important to deliver fuel needed for helicopters and Islamic warriors to impassable and mountainous areas where fuel tankers could not travel in those areas, which tinner factory related to the refinery undertakes to do that.

·         Martyrs statistics (during the sacred defense, this company 11 martyrs dedicated to the revolution)

Seven workers were martyred during the bombing on 24/07/1986. 

One of the refinery staff was martyred in the bombing of Islamabad Gharb on 18/01/1987.

one of the dispatched staff was martyred on 16/03/1988 in Amaliyat Walfajer 10- Halabja area,In the bombing of Shirin Park on 16/03/1988, a staff member was martyred along with his two children.


·         Veterans statistics

During the sacred defense, 20 employees were honored as veterans of the bombing in installation bombing or their presence on the front.


·         Damage to facilities


Distillation Unit Furnace - Overall Damage


Catalyst Conversion Reactor 201 - Total Damage

Part of the V-201 tower body - Total damage

Refinery's salt catcher was completely destroyed


 Three crude oil tank equipment was completely destroyed

       A number of oil product tanks - pipelines - towers and spares that have been hit by bombing.


·         Number of bombings - A total of seven were bombed in the following dates by Kermanshah Oil Refinery

Date: 28.06.1980  Time: 17:00

Date: 24.07.1986  Time: 14:30

Date: 30.10.1986  Time: 7:50

Date: 23.11.1986  Time: 11:30

Date: 24.12.1986  Time: 16:30

Date: 15.11.1987  Time: 13:00

Date: 05.03.1988  Time:16:00



·         The refinery has been rebuilt five times in total.


It was gradually rebuilt from 26/09/1980 to November 1983.


It was launched from 30/10/1986 to 11/09/1986 and from that date.


It was launched from 30/10/1986 to 14/12/1986 and from that date.


The refinery was bombing with no casualties when it rebuilt on 9/9/1365.


Date: 05/03/1988 to 27/03/1988.




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