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Be safe and secure with OMV Winter Diesel

October 13, 2010 - 10:00 am (CET)

  • New Premium Diesel guarantees reliable engine operation even in arctic conditions
  • High-performance additives protect the engine against corrosion and deposit build-up
  • New bio component improves product quality and life cycle
  • Rollout to take place in Austria and Germany by mid-November at OMV filling stations with VIVA and OMV motorway filling stations

OMV is introducing a new premium-quality Winter Diesel in Austria and Germany. The fuel is perfect for winter conditions and will ensure that your car will start and run reliably even at temperatures as low as -35°C (according to the CFPP standard). High-quality product components protect the engine against corrosion and deposit build-up and ensure a longer life cycle. A technically improved bio component based on hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) also improves the quality of the product. In addition, the new bio component reduces CO2 emissions by 42% compared to conventional bio components. The new OMV Winter Diesel will be available in Austria and Germany at all OMV filling stations with VIVA and all OMV motorway filling stations by mid-November.

Motorists with diesel-powered vehicles know the problem well: starting the engine and getting the car moving is a question of luck when temperatures are very low. The new OMV Winter Diesel will put an end to these winter problems. This new premium diesel fuel can withstand much colder temperatures than standard diesel fuels (which support a maximum low of -20°C according to the CFPP standard). Its unique composition guarantees that your car will start without any problem and will ensure comfortable driving even in temperatures as low as -35°C. OMV Winter Diesel offers drivers of diesel-powered cars a new feeling of security: you can now be far more relaxed about the coming winter period.

Engine-protection programme
High-performance additives help reduce deposits in the engine and prevent the build-up of new deposits. All key elements such as filters, valves, pistons and injection systems remain clean, which extends the life cycle of the engine. Carbon black and the accumulation of particles are also considerably reduced, which has a further beneficial effect on engine performance. OMV Winter Diesel also has anti-corrosive properties that protect the metal parts of the engine, as demonstrated by standard laboratory tests.

Bio components for the next generation
A new, technically improved bio component based on hydrogenated vegetable oil reduces CO2 emissions by 42% compared to conventional bio components (based on the standard values of the EU Renewable Energy Directive). In addition, carbon black emissions are reduced thanks to the interplay between the high-performance additives and the new bio component.

Harald Joichl, Head of OMV’s Filling Station Business in Austria and Germany, says: "The new OMV Winter Diesel is made up of high-quality components. It is the best quality diesel fuel that can currently be produced in today’s refineries. If you switch to the new OMV premium product, you are doing something good not only for your car but also for the environment."

OMV is pursuing a premium fuel strategy and has taken a pioneering role in environmental standards. As far back as 1993, OMV became the first European company to introduce unleaded fuel in Austria. All fuels at Austrian OMV filling stations have been sulphur free since 2004.

Rollout by mid-November
The new premium fuel will be produced in OMV’s Schwechat refinery. It will be available in Austria and Germany at all OMV filling stations with VIVA and OMV motorway filling stations by mid-November.

Further information about OMV Winter Diesel can be found at www.omv.at

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
With Group sales of EUR 17.92 bn and a workforce of 34,676 employees in 2009, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. As the leading energy Group in the European growth belt, OMV is active in Refining & Marketing (R&M) in 12 countries. In Exploration & Production (E&P) OMV is active in 16 countries on four continents. In Gas & Power (G&P) OMV sells approximately 13 bcm gas per year. Through its 2,000 km long gas pipeline network in Austria G&P transports approximately 75 bcm gas annually. OMV’s Central European Gas Hub is with around 23 bcm annual trading volume one of the most important gas hubs in Continental Europe.

OMV is the leading energy Group in the European growth belt with oil and gas reserves of approximately 1.19 bn boe, daily production of around 318,000 boe in Q2/10 and an annual refining capacity of approximately 26 mn t. OMV now has 2,319 filling stations as of Q2/10. The market share of the group in the R&M business segment in the Danube Region is now 20%.

OMV further strengthened its leading position in the European growth belt through the acquisition of 41.58% of Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s leading company in the retail and commercial business.

Sustainability
OMV is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and an active supporter to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment, especially in economically weak regions. OMV continuously addresses economic, environmental and social issues related to its business in a responsible manner. The Company reports on its activities in a sustainability report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines. This report is published at the same time as the annual report.

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