National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution operates the Isfahan cracking refinery, which is located in Isfahan, Iran. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is an integrated cracking owned by National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution. The refinery started operations in 1979 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 6.95. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 375
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 91
Hydrocracker (mbd): 30
Reformer (mbd): 32
Hydrotreater (mbd): 321
Isomerization (mbd): 27

The capacity of the Isfahan refinery is expected to increase to 495mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Isfahan refinery cracking is expected to witness an estimated $740.62m of capex.

Maintenance activities at Isfahan cracking refinery

The Isfahan refinery cracking witnessed two incidents during the period 2017-2022.

Upcoming expansion projects at Isfahan cracking refinery

CDU, Resid Hydrotreater, Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Isfahan cracking refinery include the following.

Main EPC: DL Holdings, Nargan Engineers & Constructors.

About National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution

National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Co (NIORDC) is an oil and gas company that provides refinery processing solutions. The company’s products offerings include crude oil, gas and other petroleum products. It offers services such as refining, transportation, export, import and distribution of petroleum and crude oil products. NIORDC also provides engineering and telecommunications services to supply chain companies. The company offers its implementation and management services to pipelines, refineries, and telecommunication network projects. It also provides internal and remote telecommunication systems for the oil industry in Iran. NIORDC is headquartered in Tehran, Iran

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