Petrochemical Division

We contribute to the diversity of Romanian industry

 

We are the sole producer of polymers in Romania, and meet more than half of the domestic consumption of petrochemicals.

Petrochemistry has seen a spectacular recovery over the last years, and helped survive the refining industry, threatened by the oil price fall.

Petrochemical Division’s Development Strategy

The polyolefins (polypropylene and polyethylene) manufactured within the Petromidia platform are used in agriculture, food industry, consumer goods, personal hygiene, electronics, electrotechnics, automotive, clothing and construction industries.

Integration with Petromidia Refinery

which supplied the entire
quantity of polypropylene

Investments

in retrofitting
of the plants

Diversification of product ranges

to support
the latest applications

Units of the Petrochemical Division

PP plant

polypropylene plant

+

LDPE plant

low-density polyethylene

+

HDPE plant:

high-density polyethylene

=

220,000 tons/year

Aggregated capacity

The only marine terminal

for ethylene discharge at the Black Sea

Cryogenic tank

storage capacity of 10,000 tons

Figures that do matter

Results 2019


In H1 2019, the total polymers production for Petrochemicals area was 59.3 kt, lower by 27.4% as compared to the same periods of last year. The decrease of polymers production was mainly driven by operation in the polyethylene's units as result of the unfavorable market conditions.

Read more about the results for H1 2019.


The total production of polymers in the petrochemical segment was 92.2 kt, down 22.4% from the first 9 months of 2018. The decrease of the production of polymers was mainly determined by the low operating rate in the polyethylene installations, as a result of unfavorable market conditions. The results of the petrochemical division continued to be affected by market pressure on margins, reaching the lowest level in the last decade in the first 9 months of 2019.

Read more about the results for 9 months 2019.

Results 2018


Last year, the Petrochemical Division of the refinery obtained an increase of about 3% in processed raw materials (propylene, ethylene). Given the unfavourable context, the petrochemicals division reduced its processed ethylene by 6% - imported raw material required for low and high density polyethylene installations.


Read more about the unaudited results for 2018.


The significant investments made, supported by the development strategy, have led to exception results:

203.5 thousand tons

Processed feedstock
*RECORD 2018

148 thousand tons

Total polymers
production

89.5 thousand tons

Production of
polypropylene (PP)

2.2% wt

Lowest level of
technological loss

18,1 GJ/t

Energy index
*RECORD 2018

Role of the Petrochemical Division in the local industry

Developments in the petrochemical business of Petromidia

Evolution of the Petrochemical Division

Start in petrochemistry

The petrochemical platform covering the pyrolysis, polypropylene, low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene plants was commissioned

A new beginning

After modernization, the LDPE was restarted after more than 10 years of non-operation, and a cryogenic terminal to supply ethylene is built in Port of Midia.

Preparation for performance

The Group was taken-over by KazMunayGas, and the HDPE was recommissioned, plus two new automated polymer packaging plants were brought in.

The HDPE plant (high-density polyethylene) was also recommissioned, as well as two new automated polymer packaging plants.

Major investments

A large-scale investment programme was kicked-off, and led to a more than 70% capacity increase for the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant, reduced costs, and more diversified products.

Automation of the plants, and integration of the petrochemical operations into the command and control center of Petromidia Refinery, a first at that time for Romania, as well as for the South East Europe, were concluded.

Diversification programme

A large-scale program was started to diversify the ranges of products and adapt them to the current market demands. New PP and LDPE sorts were developed.

Operational records

The only domestic producer of polypropylene and polyethylenes accomplished five operational records.