Rompetrol: Petromidia Refinery fire not followed by explosion

Newsroom 24/08/2016 | 13:14

According to Rompetrol experts, the fire that occurred at the Petromidia Refinery in Navodari on Monday evening was not followed by an explosion. The fire claimed the life of one employee and injured other three.

The Petromidia Refinery fire was not followed by a blast, as originally reported, KMG Rompetrol said in a statement sent to Agerpres, quoting official communication of the Prosecutor’s Office with the Constanta Court of Appeal and of the Territorial Labour Inspectorate.

Currently, the refinery is running at reduced capacity and all technical requirements for its functioning in safety conditions were taken. The technical teams currently evaluating the measures of intervention and/or remediation necessary on the medium and long term,” the KMP statement reads.

In the aftermath of the deadly fire, Rompetrol representatives identified the spot where the accident took place and concluded that the installation was functioning according to standards. The intervention of the Rominserv team, which provides services to the Petromidia Refinery, was also according to standards, the statement informed. Constanta Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) representatives stated that the first firefighter crews to arrive at the site of the fire belonged to the private company that provides services to the Petromidia Refinery.

KMG International takes the opportunity to thank authorities that participated in last evening’s intervention, firefighters, ISU Dobrogea teams, SMURD, as well as medical staff providing assistance to our colleagues,” the statement reads. 

Petromidia, the only Romanian refinery located on the Black Sea coast, has a processing capacity of 5 million tons per year. The majority shareholder of Rompetrol Rafinare, which operates Petromidia, is KMG International, whose sole shareholder is KazMunayGas. The Romanian state owns 44.69 percent of Petromidia shares.

Georgeta Gheorghe

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