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 Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the total production of polymers of the petrochemical segment increased by 13%, to a total of 32.7 kt, compared to 29 kt in Q1 2019, an evolution due to the operation program of the Low Density Polyethylene Plant (LDPE). The results of the petrochemical division continued to be affected by market pressure on margins. The petrochemical segment is the only national producer of polypropylene and polyethylene, constantly managing to increase its market share in the secondary product categories as well. The Petrochemical Division of Rompetrol Rafinare is also the sole manufacturer of the RSB 25 sort, which can also be used to produce the necessary protective equipment for the Health System.

Read more about the results for Q1 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.