The pillar of the refining industry
The largest Romanian refinery and one of the most modern refineries in South East Europe, with a material impact in Dobrogea region and at national level.
Petromidia makes a significant contribution to development of Rompetrol’s business in Romania and in the Black Sea region. It plugs in the trading and supply business lines with fuel distribution in Rompetrol’s stations in Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria and Georgia.
Strategic positioning at the Black Sea
Petromidia enjoys a strategic position on the shores of the Black Sea, in Navodari, 20 km north of Port of Constanta.
- own marine terminal
- facilities in Port of Midia: berths nos. 1-4 for crude oil and products, and berth no. 9 (A, B and C) for export of oil products.
- own logistic railway system
- access to Danube-Black Sea Canal
The marine terminal is the most important logistic asset of the refinery; it is located 8.6 km at sea, and can received ships of up to 160,000 TDW. With this terminal and the entire logistic system developed by the company in the region, Romania can become a regional energy hub, a connecting platform between the natural resources of Asia and the European demand for feedstock processing and production of oil products.
A complex refinery
Petromidia has a Nelson complexity index of 11.4, and processes crude oil with high sulphur content, obtaining only Euro-5 oil products.
Aligned to the BAT (Best Available Technologies) standards, Petromidia is also the first Romanian refinery to have successfully aligned to the European environmental regulations and fuel quality standards.
In order to achieve the current refinery complexity and ensure full compliance with the environmental requirements of the European Union, the Group invested over USD 450 million.
The refinery has the highest yield of white products in the region (85%), and ranks 9th among the 250 refineries in Europe and Africa*.
*Wood MacKenzie 2015
Production units of the refinery
- atmospheric and vacuum distillation units
- full range of hydrotreatment units
This complex set allows the refinery to obtain high yields for its white products.
- one for gasoline
- one for kerosene
- two for diesel
- three conversion units:
- mild hydrocracking
- fluid catalytic cracking
- delayed coker
- new support units, such the sulphur recovery and tail gas treatment unit
- hydrogen, nitrogen and flares plant
- two modern line mixers for gasoline and diesel
Sustainable approach of the refining activities
The alignment of the refining units to the European environmental requirements, as well as evidence of sustainability of our products are just some of the requirements of the European Union in terms of environmental care and sustainable development of the refining activities.
All these requirements are supported by massive and constant investments, so that we can quickly anticipate and adapt to future needs and trends.
In fact, in the history of the two refineries we operate, Petromidia and Vega, there were many moments when we have implemented, for the first time on the local market, measures that later helped us a lot in our strategy. Learn more about projects and initiatives at the two refineries with Felicia Andrei, QHSE Manager.
Decrease emissions of sulphur dioxide
Petromidia refinery has a new modern liquefied petroleum gas recovery unit, a system that ensures a substantial reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions from the gases discharged to the refinery chimneys - significantly below the limit imposed by the European Environment regulations.
With a value of 4.6 million USD, this is a unique project in Romania and it is part of the Group's strategy of continuous modernization of the operational processes at the level of the two production units - the Petromidia Navodari and Vega Ploiesti refineries.
Find out more about LPG recovery by reading our press release here.
Rompetrol Rafinare will invest 4 million USD for implementing a digital solution aiming at identifying optimal conditions for increasing the capacity, product quality improvement and reducing energy consumption in Petromidia refinery, Navodari.
All these aspects lead to the fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0, and Rompetrol continues to be a local pioneer by launching a comprehensive digital transformation program at the Petromidia refinery in Navodari.
The implementation of the digital solution - Advanced Process Control (APC) began in 2017 as a pilot project at the Atmospheric and Vacuum Distillation Unit (DAV) – one of the most important units in the processing of crude oil that ensures the raw material for the rest of the installations from the refinery.
Find out more about APC by visiting our press release, here.
Automation of “In line Blending” Unit
The total investment of 3 million USD represents a new stage of the digital transformation program of the Petromidia refinery.
The implementation of the new digital system ensures detailed real-time analysis of the components and the final product obtained and, implicitly, a careful monitoring of fuel quality and compliance of them with the legislation in force.
The quality of the product obtained after the blending process is monitored and controlled through on-line analyzers, which transmit the data in real time to the operators.
More details here.
High-tech solutions for transports
Rompetrol Rafinare successfully implemented a real-time monitoring and control system for oil products traffic – Shunting Expert. The Shunting Expert application is a premiere at national level and in the Southeast of Europe, and Rompetrol Rafinare is the first company to use the state-of-the-art system to track traffic. The software is being used on the two platforms operated by Rompetrol Rafinare - the Petromidia Refinery and Vega Refinery from Ploieşti. Through the app, operators will have unlimited access to about 13,000 wagons monthly.
Find out more about Shunting Expert by visiting the link.
Petromidia Refinery, 40 years of operation
Figures that matter
Results T3 2023
In the first 9 months of 2023, the Petromidia refinery's total feedstock throughput was 3.84 million tons, similar to January – September 2022. In Q3, processing was down 23% compared to Q3 2022.
Compared to the first 9 months of the year, Petromidia recorded levels similar to those of 2022, with a production of about 1 million tons of gasoline, respectively 1.9 million tons of diesel. About 1.85 million tons of fuels were directed to the Romanian market, to ensure the supply of both Rompetrol gas stations and commercial partners.
In 2022, the Petromidia Năvodari refinery processed approximately 5.26 million tons of raw materials, managing to produce 1.41 million tons of gasoline and almost 2.7 million tons of diesel and special aviation fuel. Of the nearly 4.1 million tons of fuels, 63% were directed to the domestic market.
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|Produse albe, %wt||
|Energy Intensity Index, %||
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2008 – 2012 - a new beginning
The most important engineering project was the program for modernization and refining capacity increase up to 5 million tons per year, amounting to more than USD 450 million.
Key objectives of modernization program:
- Increasing the operational capacity of the refinery up to 5 million tons/year.
- Meeting the EU and Romanian fuel quality standards - Euro-5 (regulation COM (2005) 693)
- Increasing diesel production with 8% (from 37% up to 45%)
- Rendering operation of the refinery compliant with the EU and Romanian environmental regulations (BAT system) (Directive 70/220/EEC)
- Increasing mechanical availability and reliability for the refinery.
The new setup of the refinery includes:
- Modernization of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) plant (to process inflows from the Mild Cracking plant).
- Modernization of the existing Claus plant (to reduce NOx emissions).
- Modernization of the VGO hydro-treating to diesel plant (to process the increased future quantity of diesel).
- Modernization of the amine plant (to process additional gas with hydrogen sulphide).
- New Units
- Mild Hydrocracking plant (the key unit of the modernization package).
- The new hydrogen plant (to supply hydrogen to the retrofitted MHC and VGO HDT units).
- A new sulphur recovery plant (to process the future sulphur capacity).
- A new flares system (to support the new units and the existing refineries).
- Increasing the N2 liquid evaporation and automation capacity (to supply nitrogen to the retrofitted refinery).
Key figures- modernization and capacity increase program
|Capacity in mil. tons/year||3.5||5|
|Kerosene and diesel %wt||2.6/38||5.5/45|
|Diesel in mil. tons/year||1.5||2.5|
|Gasoline in mil. tons/year||1.3||1.4|
|Kerosene in mil. tons/year||0.15||0.3|