Arpechim Pitesti Refinery

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Petrom
  • Website: (OMV)
  • Location: Arpechim refinery is in a strategic industrial area, located in the South of Romania, near an important city: Pitesti
  • Capacity: 3.5 million tons/annum & 70.000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity: 7.3

Refining Units

  • CDU
  • HDV,
  • Gasoline Desulfurisation (ISOL UOP Process)
  • Hydrogen Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Most of the crude oil comes from countries in the Black Sea Region (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan). The crude is shipped to the Constanta Oil Terminal and transported by pipeline to Arpechim and Petrobrazi refineries.

Products Produced

  • Fuels: Gasoline (RON 95, 10 ppm), Diesel (50 ppm, 10 ppm), automotive LPG;
  • Industrial and domestic heating fuels: heavy fuel oil, aragaz, light fuel oil;
  • Special products: ethylene, polyethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, xylenes, C4, sulfur. Bitumen

Ongoing Projects

  • Future investments will focus on energy consumption, improvement and optimization of product yield.
  • To ensure a permanent connection and high synergies with the Petrobrazi Refinery, new crude and petroleum products pipelines will be built.
  • Modernization of the utilities system for ensuring high efficiency of utilities production and consumption as well as the reorganization of the distribution network.
  • Environmental protection investments for minimizing the SOx, NOx, etc. emissions.

Tank Farm and Logistics investments for resizing and modernizing the existing tank farms and for the construction of new ones in order to balance product flexibility as part of the optimization of the product delivery system.

Other Information

  • Only half of the original refinery is in operation.
  • Since November 2009, the refinery is mothballed


  • Arpechim was founded in 1964 in a strategic industrial zone located in Southern Romania near Piteşti. In the same year the refinery built its first plant specialised in the production of carbon black.
  • In 1967 another two distinct units were established, the Piteşti Refinery and the Petrochemical Complex and the Thermal Power Station. In 1971 the refinery was integrated with the Petrochemical Complex.
  • In 1997 the state established Petrom as the national oil company also including the Arpechim Refinery.
  • In 1999 Arpechim becomes the first refinery in Europe to produce and export diesel with a reduced sulfur content.
  • In 2003, OMV acquired 51% of Petrom from the Romanian State.
  • In 2005 the refinery concludes the building of a new gasoil hydrotreater and new hydrogen plant.
  • 2011 - Petrom took the decision to permanently close the Arpechim refinery

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Parent Company Website
  3. Wikipedia Page
  4. IPIPReferences
  5. Arpechim Closed
  6. Petrom took the decision to permanently close the Arpechim refinery

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