The living history of the Romanian refining industry
Vega, located in Ploiesti, Prahova, is the second refinery of KMG International and operates in an integrated system with Petromidia refinery.
Built in 1905, this is the longest standing local refinery, with over 100 years of experience. It has played a complex role from its very beginning, acting as a specialized link between other refineries in Romania.
Vega has evolved from a classic refining unit to a producer and supplier of special products obtained exclusively from raw materials supplied by Petromidia.
Vega Refinery is the only producer of normal hexan and bitumen in Romania
Having an installed processing capacity of 350,000 tons/year, Vega operates in a very efficient system with Petromidia. It uses different types of raw materials from Petromidia to produce special products with a high added value: solvents, heating oils, bitumen, and additives for a variety of industries (chemical, petrochemical and rubber processing industry, food industry and others).
Vega has a history of over 90 years in producing bitumen for roadworks, with the first installation built in 1927. In 2007 a new installation was completed, for bitumen enhanced with polymers that give it improved elasticity, wear and temperature resistance and a lifespan increased by 50%.
Reduce impact on the environment and communities
Vega refinery has implemented a new fully automated vapor recovery unit at the auto and rail loading points. The 2.3 million USD investment effort aims at reducing the impact of the operational activities on the environment and communities in the area.
The vapor recovery unit complies with all the environmental requirements in the field of emissions of volatile organic compounds, resulting from the operations of loading and unloading of petroleum products in the automotive and rail ramps.
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Also, the thermal power plant will be modernized in the next period in order to continue reducing the impact of the activities on the environment.
The investment of over 1.9 million USD also includes the installation of a new steam boiler, produced in line with the highest standards.
The objectives of this project are mainly to improve the energy efficiency of the refinery by increasing the efficiency from 91%, at present, to about 96% and reducing the emissions resulting from the steam production process, in accordance with the provisions of the integrated environmental authorization and the legislation in force.
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The Vega Ploiești Refinery registered in 2020 a record production of bitumen - 123 kt. Good results were also obtained in the following chapters: technological loss (0.75% wt), energy consumption (2.57 GJ / t) and mechanical availability (98.7%).
In 2019, the Vega Ploiești refinery - the longest-standing unit in Romania and the only domestic producer of bitumen and hexane - recorded operational records for bitumen production (120 kt) and hexane production (92 kt).
MAIN INDICATORS IN 2019