OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, invests EUR 5 million in a modern laboratory test center for fuel quality control at Petrobrazi refinery, a press release informs.
The investment also includes the relocation of the existing laboratory equipment from the old facility.
The new test center has three laboratories for petroleum products testing and one laboratory for water-environment tests. At the test center at Petrobrazi refinery, the most relevant quality characteristics of fuels are tested on a continuous basis.
“Gasoline and diesel are, in fact, mixtures of hundreds of hydrocarbons and tens of other products, to precise recipes. Fortunately, Romania does not have a problem with fuel quality and every client at OMV or Petrom filling stations knows he or she can rely on our fuels. But, in order to reach this high level of quality, there is a lot of work behind the scenes, billions of euro in investment, and laboratories, like this one, which perform thousands of tests to ensure the quality of the products that come out of the refinery”, said Neil Anthony Morgan, OMV Petrom Executive Board member responsible for Downstream Oil.
The most important quality characteristics of fuels are tested in the laboratories; for example, the gasoline octane number and the diesel cetane number. These characteristics are relevant for the power that fuels transmit to the engine. For testing fuel power, Octane Number Research tests are performed to measure gasoline detonation properties compared to a standard reference substance.
Also, motor tests for octane number are performed in the center, which test gasoline in conditions closer to real-life. Other quality tests for fuels performed by the laboratory aim to check the water content, the sulphur and other metals or gums content, or the filter ability temperature of diesel – which show the lowest temperatures at which diesel engines can work without any problems.
Around 150,000 laboratory tests are performed annually in the test center in Petrobrazi.