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

Raw material for medical equipment

Rompetrol petrochemical division has developed a special type of polypropylene dedicated to protective medical masks. It is used for the middle layer of the mask, the most important layer for filtering and protecting against pathogens.

The new type - RMB30H will be delivered in granules in bags of 25 kilograms and will be used in “meltblown” units - a conventional method of manufacturing micro and nanofibers.

Rompetrol produces and provides all the necessary types of products for obtaining type FPP1 and FPP2 sanitary and surgical masks and medical accessories. The RSB25 (industrial applications), RSB35H and RSB40H (medical and personal hygiene applications) types are dedicated to obtaining nonwoven material for the outer layers of the protective masks, and RMB30H to obtaining nonwoven material for the inner / filtering layer of the masks.

Find out more details by reading our press release here.

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 9 months 2020

The total production of polymers in the Petrochemical Segment was 102 kt in the first 9 months of 2020, increasing compared to 9 months 2019, when the total production of polymers was 92 kt. The increase in polymer production was mainly determined by the operating schedule of the LDPE (low-density polyethylene) plant in 2020. The Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) plant of the petrochemical segment works with 100% imported ethylene, and the Polypropylene (PP) plant works with raw materials produced and delivered internally by the Petromidia refinery.

Read more about the results 9 months 2020.

Results 2019

The Petrochemicals segment continued in 2019 to be affected by the pressure of the market margins, which last year reached the lowest levels in the last decade: 398 USD / t for polypropylene, 158 USD / t for low density polyethylene (LDPE), respectively 157 USD / t for high density polyethylene (HDPE).

Considering that the raw material for polyethylene installations is assured from import (ethylene), and the evolution and fluctuation of the quotation for this raw material in 2019 was a high one, the company decided to keep the LDPE installation in operation at a low flow rate and at the conservation of the HDPE unit.

Read more about the results for 2019.


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

22%

polypropylene production
represented by special sorts

153 thousand tons

Total polymers
production

89.5 thousand tons

Production of
polypropylene (PP)

2.1% wt

Lowest level of
technological loss

18.74 GJ/t

Energy index
2019

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.

Diversity


Diversification of polypropilene special sorts, representing 22% share of total production.