Rompetrol completed the assembly works of two new units on the Petromidia platform

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Rominserv– subsidiary company and the general contractor of The Rompetrol Group, has successfully completed construction and assembly operations on two new units on the Petromidia platform (mild hydrocracker unit and hydrogen plant) and has began pre-commissioning and start-up activities. The two new units are part of the capacity increase program of the Petromidia refinery up to 5 million tons, investments amounting to over USD 264 million, while the entire program costs USD 377 million.

“The 10 years experience and expertise of Rominserv in the Group’s development and modernization projects allowed us to carry out the design and construction works within the previously established budget. It has been a real challenge for our engineers who managed to find out state-of-the-art technological solutions, complying with refinery’s specifics – soil strengthening, reduction of reactors’ duty, construction of a network of units within limited space, process automation all of these taking into consideration the necessity of costs reduction“, declares Bogdan Oşlobeanu, Rominserv General Manager.

Within the next period, Rominserv will carry out and coordinate the units integration works into the refinery technological flow, and, implicitly, within the refinery command and control center. During January-February they will be subject to technological tests, and between February-March they will be integrated in the production flow.

The mild hydrocracker unit will have a capacity of 1.7 million tons per year and will enable both the Euro 5 gasoline production increase and the supply of product with low sulfur content for the catalytic cracker unit.

Another major project for the refinery capacity increase is the new hydrogen plant that will ensure the hydrogen for the sulfur extraction from crude oil and the complete production alignment to the Euro 5 standard. With a capacity of 40,000 cubic meters/hour, the plant will produce hydrogen with a minimum purity of 99.98% at a minimum pressure of 86 bars.

“As the general contractor of The Rompetrol Group, we managed to finish state-of-the-art projects in due time, while keeping under control the budgets, thanks to our complete internal organization process of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Project Management departments. For example, similar turn-key project with external companies can have costs up to 30% - 50% more expensive compared to ours”, stats the Rominserv GM.

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