Petrom S.A. of Romania has commissioned Uhde to build a gasoline desulphurisation plant at their refinery located in Brazi, some 50km north of Bucharest. This clean fuels plant is scheduled to come on-stream in early 2009 with an annual capacity of 700,000 tonnes of low-sulphur gasoline.
The contract is worth some EUR90 million to Uhde and includes comprehensive engineering services, supply of the equipment, construction, commissioning support and facilitating training of the operating personnel. The Petrom plant will be based on a process licensed from AXENS, a French technology supplier.
The plant marks the switch to low-sulphur fuel production of the biggest natural gas and petroleum group in Romania, which joined the European Union on January 1, 2007. Earlier this year, in February, Uhde was also awarded two clean fuels contracts in Bulgaria, and can now boast the engineering and supply of clean fuels plants with a cumulative capacity of more than 33 million tonnes of gasoline and diesel fuels in the past seven years.