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OMV on the incident in the Baumgarten gas distribution station

Press Release, December 12, 2017 - 2:20 pm (CET)

This morning an explosion and subsequent fire occurred in the Baumgarten gas distribution hub of Gas Connect Austria (GCA), a subsidiary in which OMV holds 51%.

OMV is deeply affected by the fact that people were hurt in this incident. One person was killed and 21 people injured, one of whom is in severe condition. OMV CEO Rainer Seele: “On behalf of the entire OMV Executive Board and every OMV employee, we express our deepest sympathy and sorrow for this loss. In these difficult times, our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and all of those injured.”

The GCA Baumgarten gas distribution station is one of Central Europe’s most important gas hubs. Following the incident, the facility has been shut down on safety grounds and the authorities have started their investigations. Gas supply in Austria is currently secure.

Information on the incident is available on the Gas Connect Austria webpage:

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV is producing and marketing oil & gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 19 bn and a workforce of around 22,500 employees in 2016, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Romania and Austria and a balanced international portfolio. 2016 daily production stood at approximately 311,000 boe/d. In Downstream, OMV has an annual refining capacity of 17.8 mn tonnes and more than 2,000 filling stations in ten countries as of June 2017. OMV operates a gas pipeline network in Austria and gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2016, gas sales volumes amounted to 109 TWh.

For further information, please contact:

OMV Public Relations: Robert Lechner, Tel.: +43 1 40440 21357, e-mail:

OMV Investor Relations: Florian Greger, Tel.: +43 1 40440 21600, e-mail: