OMV operates a total of three refineries: one in Schwechat (Austria) and one in Burghausen (South Germany), with both refineries also producing basic petrochemicals, along with the Refinery Petrobrazi (Romania). OMV has a total annual refinery capacity of 17.8 million tons. At OMV refineries crude oil is converted into fuel, heating oil, bitumen and petrochemical products by means of distillation, desulphurization, refining and mixing. For years OMV has been proactively adapting its refineries to the changing needs of the European market and will continue to do so in future. By making targeted investments in existing plants, OMV has been able to significantly increase the proportion of middle distillates and petrochemical raw materials while also improving the cost position.
Since 60 years safe, clean, productive
Two years after OMV was established in 1956, the groundwork for the expansion of the Schwechat Refinery was laid, and in 1960 the new plant became operative. Today the Schwechat Refinery is one of the largest and most modern inland refineries in Europe and is where OMV distills and refines crude oil and semi-finished products, converting them into high-quality mineral oil products and petrochemical raw materials. Approximately half of all mineral-oil based products used in Austria come from Schwechat’s high-tech plant, which is able to process approximately 9.6 million tons of crude oil annually. The Schwechat Refinery is supplied by the Adria-Wien-Pipeline (AWP), a branch connection of the Transalpine Oil Pipeline (TAL), and one of the most important pipelines transporting crude oil from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe.
The refinery in the Southeast Bavarian chemical triangle
OMV has owned the Burghausen Refinery in Bavaria (Germany) since 1987 and predominantly produces middle distillates, petrochemical raw material and petrol coke for the aluminium industry. The Burghausen Refinery’s annual crude oil processing capacity is 3.8 m tons.
Special features of the refinery Burghausen
- Use of especially high-quality and low-sulfur crude oil types.
- Focus on petro chemistry to supply the Southeast Bavarian chemical triangle.
- Residue-free crude oil processing through complete conversion of heavy crude oil based components into high-quality products.
- The international airport Munich which is located approximately 125 km away is supplied with jet fuel by pipeline.
- Protection of the environment and saving of resources because of energy circulation with maximized heat recovery.
- Unique product range through the combination of special systems and procedures.
Petrobrazi Refinery is located in the South-East region of Romania, near Ploiesti City, a highly developed industrial area.
The refinery in Romania is one of the most important and biggest oil and gas producer in the South-Eastern of Europe. With the OMV's takeover various investments such as environment protection or the modernization process of the refinery have been made. The modernization project has been finished in July 2014 and stands for the increased competetiveness on the market and optimization of production processes. An annual amount of 4.5 million tons crude oil can be processed in the Petrobrazi Refinery.
More than 80 years of experience
- 1934: The refinery is founded
- 1962: First modern refinery in Romania, including catalytic cracking and reforming processes
- 1965: Refinery integrated with Petrochemicals
- 1986: Second stream/train
- 1997: Petrom was established as the National Oil Company, including Petrobrazi Refinery
- 2003: The 1st Co-generation Power Plant
- 2007: Diesel Hydrotreating unit revamp (diesel with 10 ppm S)
- 2009: Start-up FCC Posttreater unit (gasoline with 10 ppm S)
- 2012-2014: Revamp and modernization