Romania: Petrobrazi Refinery resumes operations after turnaround

  • Petrobrazi Refinery turnaround lasted 6 weeks and required approximately 2 million of worked man- hours
  • Operations resumed on schedule following EUR 45 mn modernization and maintenance works

On May 28, operations were resumed right on schedule at Petrobrazi Refinery in Ploiesti, after the 6 weeks planned turnaround. The turnaround consisted in periodical maintenance works, inspections and verifications of refinery facilities, requiring approximately 2 million worked man-hours. The total value of the project, covering investment and costs was around EUR 45 mn.

”Our facilities are currently 100% available as we restarted the production of refined products one unit at a time. After restart, we are fully operational and able to process more than 12,000 tonnes of crude per day. I am happy that this turnaround, which consisted in tens of thousands of different operations, went extremely smooth, without any significant incidents and lost time injuries, while ensuring continuity of supply to our filling stations network”, said Neil Anthony Morgan, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board, responsible for Downstream Oil.

The next turnaround is scheduled for 2022, four years from now. Extensive investments and modernization works over the years allowed to extend the period between two turnarounds. Before 2014, turnarounds of this type were performed annually and, after the finalization of Petrobrazi modernization program, the mean time between turnarounds was extended to two years. As a general industry practice, during turnarounds, production  operations are suspended.

Petrobrazi turnaround in figures:

► ~ 2 million man-hours worked, without any significant incidents

► 5,000 workers involved, 4,000 more than during normal operation

► Verifications of 3,720 pipelines and 9,300 pieces of electronic and automation equipment.

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