Modernization of Romanian Cokers, Executed in a Major Revamp at OMV Petrom Refinery

Presented By

Vera Predescu - OMV Petrom Refinery

Dr. Wolfgang Paul - Ruhrpumpen GmbH

Conference: Budapest 2017

Courtesy of RuhrpumpenRomania has a long tradition and several DCUs of special Romanian/Russian style.
OMV Petrom executed a large revamp and modernization of their DCU.

Major steps were

  • Semi-automatic bottom deheading system
  • Automatic top deheading valves and Automatic Cutting tools

One major step was the modernization of the deheading system. As there was no possibility to install valves, other options had to be considered.

Company Ruhrpumpen, which designed, manufactured and installed already semi-automatic deheading systems, carried out a specialized system for top and bottom deheading in combination with an automatic top deheading valve at the existing coke drums.

A large increase in safety and an improvement in operation has been achieved.

Dr. W. Paul, Ruhrpumpen - presenter at RefComm Budapest 2017Dr. Wolfgang Paul is Managing Director of the Business Unit Decoking of Ruhrpumpen. After finishing school, he studied shipbuilding and became a Naval Architect, later he got his Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics. In 1998, Dr. Paul moved to Ruhrpumpen and became Technical Director and later Sales and Managing Director of Ruhrpumpen GmbH. Ruhrpumpen started developing and designing the Ruhrpumpen Coke Cutting System in 2000 and Dr. Paul holds several patents for components of the Hydraulic decoking system.


Vera Predescu, OMV Petrom - presenter at RefComm Budapest 2017Vera Predescu is Refinery Technologist in Petrobrazi Refinery OMV-Petrom, Technical Development Department. After graduated Oil and Gas University in 2001, she started work as Research Engineer in a branch belongs to PETROM SA with focus on testing of catalyst for gas oil and distillates hydrotreating for improvement of product quality. In 2008, she moved to Petrobrazi Refinery as Project Engineer Coordinator for all projects developed and implemented in Delayed Coker Unit, currently, covering also the projects in Tank farm area.


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