BAZAN Group, (formerly Oil Refineries Ltd.) (ORL or BAZAN, Hebrew: בז"ן – בתי זיקוק לנפט בע"מ‎), is an oil refining and petrochemicals company located in Haifa Bay, Israel. It operates the largest oil refinery in the country. ORL has a total oil refining capacity of approximately 9.8 million tons of crude oil per year.[3] ORL provides a variety of products used in industrial operations, agriculture and transportation.[4] ORL is Israel's largest integrated refining and petrochemical facility.[5] The company also provides storage and transportation services for oil fuel products, as well as electricity and steam to industrial customers in the region.[6]

Traded asTASEORL
ISINIL0025902482 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryPetrochemical industry
Founded1958; 62 years ago (1958)
Area served
Middle East
Key people
Yossi Rosen, (Chairman)
Aharon (Arik) Yaari, (CEO)
ProductsPetroleum products
Petrochemicals, Oil refining
RevenueIncrease US$13.520 billion (2015)[1]
Decrease US$562.52 million (2015)
Decrease US$272.49 million (2015)
Total assetsIncrease US$4.470 billion (2015)
OwnersIsrael Corp. (33%)
Israel Petrochemical Enterprises ltd (15.5%)[2]
Number of employees
1,800 (2015)
SubsidiariesCarmel Olefins Ltd.
Gadiv Petrochemical Industries Ltd.
The iconic cooling towers of the Haifa oil refinery.


The company's beginnings date back to the British Mandate for Palestine when Consolidated Refineries Limited (CRL), a joint venture of Shell and the Anglo-American Oil Company (now Esso),[7] started constructing a sprawling refinery complex which sat at the end of the British-built Mosul-Haifa oil pipeline which stretched from the oil fields near Kirkuk in then British-controlled Iraq.[8]

Construction of the first refinery unit started in 1938 and was carried out by the M. W. Kellogg Co. with assistance from Solel Boneh, with an annual capacity of two million tons of crude oil. Construction was completed in 1944, increasing the annual yield to four million tons of crude oil.[9]

During World War II, the complex supplied refined products to British and American forces operating in the Mediterranean and North African theaters, and was bombed many times during the early stage of the war,[10] by Italy.[11] Damage to the refineries was quickly repaired.[12][13]

Due to concerns about the Arab League Boycott, the British Government sold CRL to the State of Israel in 1958 which then changed its name to Oil Refineries Ltd.[14][15][16]

Since then the complex has undergone significant expansion and upgrades. In the past, ORL also owned the Ashdod Oil Refinery in southern Israel and therefore as a company, it held a monopoly over oil refining in the country. This changed in 2006, when Israel's Government Companies Authority, headed by Eyal Gabbai started privatization processes.[17]

On August 1, 2006, the Ashdod facilities were sold to the Paz Oil Company for 3.5 billion NIS.[18] In February 2007, 44% of the shares were sold to institutional investors.[19] Following this, 46% were sold to the Ofer-Federman group at 3.30 NIS per share,[20] with the remaining shares sold in an IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in 2007.[21][22] There were more than 5,500 requests to buy shares, an unprecedented number.[23]

Since 2008 the company's historic cooling towers have not been in use. One of the towers was converted into a visitor's center, which is open to the public for free, multi-sensory tours.[24]

In 2009 the Bazan Group and Olefins companies merged and in 2010 Haifa Basic Oils was fully purchased by Bazan.[25] In 2012 Bazan commissioned UOP's Unicracking strategies in its plants for production of liquid petroleum gas, naphtha, and kerosene.[26]

More than 70% of ORL's products are distributed locally (for private and public purposes) and the rest is exported.[27]


Engineers in Bazan group Haifa

Carmel Olefins is Israel's sole manufacturer of petrochemical products that are used as raw materials for the plastics industry. Carmel manufactures standard and special grades of polypropylene (PP) as well as a broad range of low density polyethylene (LDPE) grades.[28]

Gadiv Petrochemicals, opened in 1974, manufactures and supplies a range of petrochemicals products including aromatic hydrocarbons, aliphatic solvents and intermediates for pharmaceutical, plastic, food and chemical industries.[29][30]

Haifa Basic Oils produces base oils and paraffin wax, exporting nearly 50% of its products to overseas companies.[25] [31]

Partnerships and innovationEdit

In 2018 Bazan launched BNNovation, an innovation initiative to grow small and larger companies in the fields of energy, renewable energy, and idustry. [32] [33]In 2019, BNNovation was among the founders of ESIL Technologies, an international team operating a lab for cleantech innovation and environmental protection.[34] [35]

Partners include:

Haier Group Corporation[36] [37]

Leumi Partners[38]

Environmental impactEdit

BAZAN Group's vast petrochemical plants have released significant amounts of pollution to the environment around Haifa Bay. The company has set goals to reduce air pollution,[39] including investing over a billion dollars to develop environmentally-friendly systems.[40]

Starting in March 2011, after being connected to the new national natural gas distribution grid, the plants switched to using natural gas[41] (rather than mostly fuel oil) as their main power source, thus greatly reducing the amount of air pollution emanating from the complex.[42] In 2012, the company also completed a hydrocracking unit.[43] The switch to natural gas was expected to save the company US$200 million per year in fuel and other costs.[44]

In 2014 ORL acquired systems for treating hazards related to smells and treating emissions of volatile organic materials.[45]

2020, ORL published its first report for Corporate Responsibility since 2011, including its achievements in reducing benzene emissions and facilitating healthier environmental conditions.[46]

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

Coordinates: 32°47′36″N 35°03′07″E / 32.7934°N 35.0519°E / 32.7934; 35.0519 (Haifa Oil Refineries)