Repair works at Petromidia Năvodari refinery near completion


Romania – Rompetrol Rafinare, a member enterprise of the KMG International Group, has finished the majority of the turnaround work on the Petromidia platform’s production units and is conducting final technical inspections in order to restore production activities safely.

The technological installations will be resumed in stages and are scheduled to reach peak functioning efficiency by the end of October.

In light of the event that happened on July 2, 2021 at the Diesel Hydrotreating Unit (HPM), production was halted and a series of restoration operations were scheduled for the impacted installations.

Big number of operations

The schedule of works included a huge number of operations, including the inspection, repair, or replacement of a big number of pipes, as well as the inspection and repair of all other equipment as necessary. Simultaneously, instrumentation and electrical cables were replaced, and each installation’s operational safety elements and equipment were inspected, as well as the refinery’s operating crew was retrained and recertified.

Over 20 firms were involved in the project, and approximately 1,000 individuals worked on the reopening of the facilities (employees of Rompetrol Rafinare, Rominserv and specialists from the contracted companies).

With regards to the Diesel Hydrotreating Unit, it has been technologically isolated; rehabilitation and reactivation will be completed in 2022.

Rompetrol Rafinare has been in communication with the competent authorities regarding all work carried out during the refinery’s period of non-operation following the event, with the goal of restarting safely and in accordance with legal criteria.

Rompetrol Rafinare is the KMG International Group’s main asset in Romania. The company operates the Group’s two refineries in Năvodari and Vega Ploieşti (the country’s sole producer of bitumen and hexane), as well as the country’s sole petrochemical division.

Rompetrol Rafinare SA’s major shareholders are KMG International (54.63 percent – directly and indirectly) and the Romanian government via the Ministry of Energy (44.7 percent ).