Romanian oil refinery exploded: six casualties reported April 06, 2012 Moldova.ORG
Six people have been injured today afternoon after an oil refinery exploded in Brazi, a town in the Southeastern part of Romania. Among the wounded are Austrian citizens.
The victims are conscious and have been taken to the hospital, Marina Dinu, the spokesperson of the Emergency Services Prahova told Romania’s Agerpres news agency. They have suffered burnings on their face and hands. The doctors said the patients are in a stable condition.
According to media sources, the explosion was not followed by fire, so the firemen did not have to intervene.
The oil refinery belongs to Petrom Company, the largest gas and oil producer in South Eastern Europe. An ongoing investigation is currently carried out to find out the cause of the explosion.
I believe this is Petrom’s (Petrobrazi) Coking Refinery (~12.66MBD coker) in Romania but OGJ has many Romanian Refinery locations shown as Ploiesti (however Brazi is only 12 kilometers south Ploiesti).
Romania’s Petrom had FEED Study on Petrobrazi Refinery that resulted in Modernization project where coker will be revamped by Foster Wheeler (awarded contract 04/10/2010) in 2010-2015 time frame.
<Romania’s Petromedia refinery is also revamping its 22MBD coker which was awarded to Bechtel/COP in 2010 also.>
The existing Petrobrazi 2 coking units were added in 1964 & 1972 along with several units replaced at that time due damage from WWII – total capacity is reported as 12, 660MBD charge although each is shown with 0.55MM mtpy/10MBD capacity. The refinery has often ran at only 64% of its design capacity in past due shortage crude.