- During 1993-1994: start first oil production from Taq-Taq wells in 27-12-1994, which is used as fuel for domestic purposes.
- During 1994-1995: Constructed first primitive refinery in Sulaimani.
- During 1994-1995: signed first model of agreement with international company.
- Based on gathered experience and past successful activities in domestic oil industry sector, during the last decade WZA Petroleum Company Limited signed an MOU dated 04.05. 2006 as Production Sharing Agreement (PSAs) for several geological exploration blocks with the Regional Administration of Kurdistan -Iraq represented by the Sulaimaniy based Kurdistan Regional Government- KRG for the exploration and appraisal of geological structures located between Lesser Zab river from the North West and Iraqi/Iranian border from the South East. The MoU included that WZA Petroleum Co. as basic local company was obliged to invite International Oil Companies (IOCs) to participate in these PSAs to guarantee the uses of the best available technologies, standards and flow of investments and needed international experiences into Kurdistan and Iraq to substitute and compensate for the deficiencies and lack of the required resources in this important sector to develop these virgin geological structures and as whole the oil and gas sector on which the country economy is depending to the limit of 95%.
For this purposes WZA technical and business development staff invited many IOCs to visit Kurdistan or to meet them in Turkey, Jordan and Europe and started negotiations and arranged field trips to these geological structures with more than fourteen IOCs to explore the feasibility for E&P chances for more than 22 low and medium risk geological structures.
Some of these negotiations led to several agreements, MoUs and providing numerous consultancy services, ESIA and geological studies by WZA Petroleum Co. Ltd. to IOCs which are operating in Kurdistan since 2002.
Among achievements WZA highly experienced local experts and G&G staff established a special petroleum Data Bank and made it available for the purpose of developing oil and gas industry in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and ready to be shared if requested by any IOCs and MNR/KRG recommendations.
Based on present WZA’s staff previous experiences in refinery construction, refining and process engineering and operation during the last three decades, during 2007-2008, KRG invited WZA Pet. Ltd to join and support the Down Stream and Midstream activities as an investor and operator for the purpose of Completing the uncompleted Bazian 20 000 barrels per day oil refinery (Topping Plant), to Up Grade it to a Standard Oil refinery (construction of reformer, hydrotreater, Isomerization unit and other necessary accessories) to produce standard quality fuel products.
For this purpose WZA entered and signed mainly two agreements, number one to guarantee CAPEX & OPEX to Complete/Upgrade/Expand the refinery capacity, number two for the supply of crude oil from the KRG operational oilfields, obliged WZA to and deliver all of refined products to KRG depots. Construction of this project (Topping Plant) is now completed since (Aug. 2009) and it is delivering Crude oil and producing various Petroleum products.
The Second stage was upgrading and expanding of the refinery and for that negotiation started with several investors- banks. The second was finished at (2010) to operate (34,000 Barrel/day of crude oil) and producing premium gasoline with RON = 95.
The Third expansion of bazian refinery is planning to add (50000 Barrel/day) to reach (84000 Barrel/day total) this refinery expansion project face three will also include the construction of a 110km pipeline to transport the crude oil from Taq-Taq field to Bazian Refinery. According to the first conclusion of the Feed work in Technip the Bazian Refinery expansion should include:
– Crude oil distillation unit (CDU) of 50,000 b/d capacity.
– Naphtha Hydro-treating unit of 35,500 b/d capacity.
– Continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) of 22,500 b/d capacity.
– Isomerization unit of 10,500 b/d capacity.
– Kerosene hydro-treating unit of 13,500 b/d capacity.
– Amine regeneration unit.
– Sulfur recovery unit.
– Waste water treatment unit.
Offsite and utilities.