Oil Refineries Announces Resignation of CEO Yashar Ben Mordechai

By Oil Refineries Ltd, PRNE
Sunday, March 20, 2011

HAIFA, Israel, March 21, 2011 - Oil Refineries Ltd. (TASE: ORL.TA) (hereinafter "the Company,"
"ORL"), Israel's largest integrated refining and petrochemical group,
announced today that CEO, Mr. Yashar Ben Mordechai, tendered his resignation
at yesterday's Board of Directors meeting, after 11 years in the role.

Mr. Ben Mordechai will retire after the appointment of a new
CEO and completion of an overlapping period. Mr. Ben Mordechai accepted the
Board's request to remain in the Company for an additional two years to
facilitate the managing of key projects undertaken by the Company, as well as
the development of new businesses.

Mr. Ben Mordechai noted: "I decided to tender my resignation
after determining that the Company's strategy, initiated in 2007, was on
track and in the advanced stages of implementation and that the Company was
ready for the next stage of development."

Mr. Yossi Rosen, the Company's Chairman, along with the Board,
thanked Mr. Ben Mordechai for contributions: "Yashar has been with the
Company for over thirty years, during which the Company went from being a
State-owned, to a publicly traded. He also oversaw the merger between the
Company and Carmel Olefins, Haifa Basic Oils, and Gadiv; the initiation of
the 2007 strategy, whose cornerstone was a $600 million investment in a
hydrocracker; and various other synergetic projects. We thank him for his
loyalty and leadership."

The Board will now undertake to seek a replacement for Mr. Ben
, during which he will remain in his position until a new CEO is
appointed and fully on-boarded.

About Oil Refineries Ltd.

Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL), located in the bay area of the city
of Haifa, operates Israel's largest integrated refining and petrochemical
group. It is one of the leading refineries in the Eastern Mediterranean area
and integrates, on-site, petrochemical businesses. ORL runs sophisticated and
state-of-the-art industrial facilities with a refining capacity of 9.8
million tons of crude oil per year and a Nelson Complexity Index of 7.4,
providing a variety of quality products used in industrial operation,
transportation, private consumption, agriculture and infrastructure. The
Company's petrochemical sector produces Polymers (through its ownership of
Carmel Olefins Ltd), Aromatics (through its ownership of Gadiv Petrochemical
Industries Ltd), and Lube-Oils (through its ownership of Haifa Basic Oils
Ltd). The Company's shares are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under
the ticker ORL. For additional information please visit www.orl.co.il.

ORL is controlled by the Israel Corporation Ltd. and Israel
Petrochemical Enterprises Ltd., both public companies whose shares are traded
on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

The above noted in this release includes forward-looking
statements based on Company data, as well as Company plans and estimations
based on this data. The activity, results and other data may be substantially
different in reality given uncertainty and various risks, including those
discussed under risk factors in the Company's financial statements and
Director's reports.

    Company Contact:
    Rony Solonicof
    Chief Economist and Head of
    Investor Relations
    Tel. +972-4-878-8152
    Contact IREn@orl.co.il

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Ehud Helft / Porat Saar
    CCG Israel
    Tel. (US) +1-646-233-2161 / (Int.) +972-52-776-3687

Company Contact: Rony Solonicof, Chief Economist and Head of Investor Relations, Tel. +972-4-878-8152, Contact IREn at orl.co.il; Investor Relations Contact: Ehud Helft / Porat Saar, CCG Israel, Tel. (US) +1-646-233-2161 / (Int.) +972-52-776-3687, info at ccgisrael.com

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