OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, has inaugurated a new railway section inside Petrobrazi refinery, a press release informs. It measures 1.4 km in length and required investments of around EUR 1.7 million.
With this section, the length of the railways used in the refinery has reached almost 50 km. Around three quarters of the railways in Petrobrazi have been modernized during the past ten years.
The investments for these modernizations (including maintenance works) amounted to over EUR 50 million.
“We use railway transportation for a significant part of fuel production at Petrobrazi. The fuel is loaded into tank wagons in the refinery and the Petrobrazi railway links to the public network. Afterwards, fuels are transported to our terminals across the country, where they are then distributed to filling stations. In the past years, we have put a lot of effort into optimizing this fuel path in terms of logistics. The inauguration of this new railway section will allow us to reduce costs even more due to reducing the maneuver time needed, and will contribute to increasing the safety of operations”, says Neil Anthony Morgan, member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board, responsible for Downstream Oil.
The new railway section built near the cocker unit interconnects with four other existing tracks, thus making it easier to maneuver the train wagons.
By easing traffic in the area and increasing the safety of operations, this project is estimated to have a positive impact on the local community.
More than 50,000 wagons of oil products are loaded annually in Petrobrazi refinery.