Petrom finalized the upgrade of the crude vacuum distillation unit in Petrobrazi refinery

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Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in South-Eastern Europe, commissioned the modernized crude vacuum distillation unit in Petrobrazi refinery, during the scheduled 6-week refinery general shutdown. The investment for the modernization program amounted to around EUR 100 mn. Petrobrazi refinery resumed operations this week.

Neil Anthony Morgan, Petrom Executive Board member, responsible for Refining and Marketing: “Romanian refineries produce excess gasoline compared to the demand, whereas for diesel, around 30% comes from imports. The upgraded unit is very important in the refinery’s modernization process because it will allow us to improve the product mix in order to respond to the market demand.”

The main goal of the unit modernization was the technical adjustment in order to process the entire domestic crude production and will lead to increase of the middle distillates yield in the product mix and improve the energy efficiency.

The modernization project of the crude vacuum distillation unit was initiated in 2009 and the commissioning was done during the scheduled general shutdown which began in May 2012. In parallel with the commissioning of the unit, a series of other modernization and maintenance projects were performed.

“It was a great challenge, probably the most complex operation in the recent history of Petrobrazi refinery. Around 4,500 people from more than 100 companies, direct suppliers and subcontractors, performed around 60 projects to successfully finalize, in record time, the commissioning of the unit”, Morgan added.

Until 2014, Petrom invests in total EUR 600 mn in Petrobrazi in order to increase efficiency and maximize the integration value of the plant. Out of this amount, approximately EUR 400 mn was already invested. Next milestones in refinery modernization target further increase of the diesel output.

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