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OMV Petrom Invests €750 million at Petrobrazi for SAF

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Anamika Talwaria

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OMV Petrom, is to invest approximately €750 million at Petrobrazi refinery, Romania, to transform the facility into the first major producer of sustainable fuels in the region.

The company has made the final investment decision to build a SAF/HVO (sustainable aviation fuel/hydrogenated vegetable oil) facility along with two facilities for green hydrogen which will be used in the production of biofuels.

Christina Verchere, CEO OMV Petrom says: ‘We are moving forward with our transformation, in addition to our new renewable power projects, today we have taken a decisive step towards decarbonizing transport in Romania. In total, by 2030, we’re committing €11 billion to transform the company for a lower carbon future, both in Romania and the region.’

Radu Căprău, OMV Petrom Executive Board Member responsible for Refining and Marketing adds: ‘Together with electro-mobility, biofuels are the answer to low carbon transport, and we expect a gradual increase in demand for these products. Thanks to the investments we announced today, we will be able to replace imports with biofuels produced here in Romania. For our customers, this means product certainty and less carbon emissions. We want to continue to be our customers’ first choice in the future by offering them the products they need.’

SAF/HVO production facility

The investments for this unit amount to €560 million. The plant will have a production capacity of 250 kt/year, of SAF and HVO as well as by-products like bio-naphtha and bio-LPG, which are used in the chemical industry. The high flexibility of the installation allows adjusting the products mix according to market demand and the available feedstock mix. The plant will have an annual consumption of approximately 11 kt of hydrogen, most of which will be provided by the two new green hydrogen production units.

Green hydrogen for the production of sustainable fuels

The investment for the two green hydrogen units is estimated at around €190 million, of which up to €50 million is from European funds, through the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (NPRR). OMV Petrom and the Ministry of Energy signed the financing contracts at the beginning of this year.

The two units will have a total capacity of 55 MW, with a total annual production of green hydrogen estimated at around 8 kt. Integrating green hydrogen into sustainable fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel, will result in at least a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional fuels.

Petrobrazi is the first refinery in the country certified to produce SAF and HVO through the co-processing of biological raw materials.

In order to ensure access to a safe source of raw materials to produce biofuels, OMV Petrom has acquired a 50% stake in Respiră Verde, a leader in the collection of used cooking oil in Romania. Respiră Verde collects up to 10 kt of used edible oil per year from economic agents in fields such as the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants) and retail.

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