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Petrobrazi Refinery Completes 6 Week Turnaround, Resumes Operations

OMV Petrom, May 31, 2018

On May 28, operations were resumed right on schedule at Petrobrazi Refinery in Ploiesti, after the 6 week planned turnaround. The turnaround consisted in periodical maintenance works, inspections and verifications of refinery facilities, requiring approximately 2 million worked man-hours. The total value of the project, covering investment and costs was around EUR 45 million.

Our facilities are currently 100% available as we restarted the production of refined products one unit at a time. After restart, we are fully operational and able to process more than 12,000 tonnes of crude per day. I am happy that this turnaround, which consisted in tens of thousands of different operations, went extremely smooth, without any significant incidents and lost time injuries, while ensuring continuity of supply to our filling stations network,” said Neil Anthony Morgan, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board, responsible for Downstream Oil.

The next turnaround is scheduled for 2022, four years from now. Extensive investments and modernization works over the years allowed to extend the period between two turnarounds. Before 2014, turnarounds of this type were performed annually and, after the finalization of Petrobrazi modernization program, the mean time between turnarounds was extended to two years. As a general industry practice, during turnarounds, production operations are suspended.

Petrobrazi turnaround in figures:

  • ~ 2 million man-hours worked, without any significant incidents
  • 5,000 workers involved, 4,000 more than during normal operation
  • Verifications of 3,720 pipelines and 9,300 pieces of electronic and automation equipment

About Petrobrazi

Petrobrazi refinery, with an annual refining capacity of 4.5 mn tons of crude oil, is one of the most important units of this profile in Romania. The Petrobrazi output can cover the necessary fuel for 3 mn cars / year. Between 2005 and 2017, Petrobrazi refinery benefitted from over EUR 1.5 bn investments in modernization projects, construction of new installations and environmental projects. Currently, Petrobrazi functions at the highest environmental and performance standards.

About OMV Petrom

OMV Petrom is the largest integrated oil and gas group in Southeastern Europe, with an annual oil and gas production of approximately 61 mn boe in 2017. The Group has a refining capacity of 4.5 mn tons / year and operates an 860 MW high efficiency power plant. The group is present on the oil products retail market in Romania and neighboring countries through 787 filling stations, as of end of March 2018, under two brands – Petrom and OMV. 


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