Abadan Refinery Miniature Model Identified

Sunday, February 17, 2019Abadan Refinery Miniature Model Identified

The remnants of the miniature model of the Abadan oil refinery, dating from the 1930s, have been found at the Abadan Petroleum Industry Artisan Museum.

The miniature model was designed in 1934, one year after a technical and vocational training school, which is today the Artisan Museum.

The design of the model lasted one year. It was in line with the education policy of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC).

The miniature model was used to show the process of refining. In the 1944 map of the school one can see an image of the plan of this facility.

The model is 40 meters long. It comprises storage tanks, a boiler, a distillation tower and a cooling tower.

The facility fell into disuse in the late 1940s for unspecified reasons. Today, remnants of a brick leg of the storage tanks are seen at the museum.

The brick used in the miniature model was DYKEHEAD BONNY BRIDGE, built in Scotland between 1920 and 1960.

The miniature model was unearthed during soil work and restoration activities. It has been put on display for visitors.