SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND DEVELOPMENT

On top of striving to minimize our impact on the environment and create value for all stakeholders, we also aim to provide the proper education to the host communities with regard to sustainable living and development.
We pay great attention to observing the best practices of the quality health-safety-environment (QHSE) management system.
GHG permits, valid until the end of 2020 (Phase III), were issued in 2013 for both Petromidia and Vega refineries, with annual external audits being conducted in order to verify CO2 calculations for the previous year. The permit for Petromidia was revised in June 2019 (integrated refinery and petrochemicals GHG activities). CO 2 Emissions Highlights 963,953 tons generated by Petromidia Refinery and Petrochemical Plant (June-December 2020) 28,906 tons generated by Petrochemical Plant before incorporation (January-May 2020) 50,646 tons generated by Vega Refinery
Our waste recovery rate for Petromidia refinery in 2019 was 77.5%, with a waste generation rate of 1.26 kg of waste/ton of raw material processed. In 2019, Petromidia Refinery continued the activity of emptying the historical sludge from lagoon no.1 (approx. 12,800 tones). The sludge was co-incinerated at CRH through Ecomaster, the Group’s entity specialized in integrated ecological services for industrial waste management.
Total waste recorded by Vega refinery was lower by 17%, a decrease from 736.97 tons in 2018, to 607.46 tons. Also, in 2019, the refinery in Ploiesti started treating (stabilizing and solidification of the acid tars) in the historical lagoons of the refinery.
While within the Group’s Retail Business Unit, with a total generated waste in the amount of 8,560 tons, Rompetrol Downstream registered an increase from the previous year as a direct result of the Group’s retail network expansion, (7388 tons in 2019, compared to 5254 in 2018), Rompetrol Gas maintained its generated waste at the level of the previous year (1,172 tons).
The reduction of the operation costs in parallel with the increase in the mechanical and operational availability allowed an improvement of Petromidia Refinery’s Energy Intensity Index, which reached 97.1 points. A constant improvement in energy indicators can be observed starting 2012, due to various factors, such as the increase in the refinery’s complexity following the implementation of the “Package 2010” project implementation, the higher throughput (year by year increase) and energy efficiency measures (low cost/no cost) & projects.

In 2019, Petromidia Refinery recorded an energy consumption 2.99 GJ/mt related to the ton of throughput, situated at the same level the one recorded in the previous year. The utilities cost increased by 3.6% (USD ~0,34/ton), up to USD 9.6/ ton, as compared to the previous year, correlated with an increase in the prices of utilities. Total energy input for Petromidia Refinery in 2019 reached 475,871 MWh, a relevant decrease in the context of its processing capacity considerable increase, generated by the improvement of its energetic efficiency as well as its operational focus on enhancing energetic performance.

As for Vega Refinery, the energy consumption reported to throughput ton suffered a decrease by approximately 2% in 2019, operational result stemming from the different functioning of the plants, as well as the measures taken to reduce consumption. Fuel gas consumption reported by the ton (GJ/to) decreased by 0.2%, while the power and steam consumption reported by the ton (GJ/to) also decreased, by 1.4%. With a total energy input of 10,940.004 MW in 2019, Vega’s energy consumption reported by the ton registered an increase by 6% as compared to the previous year.

Due to the low flow rate of the LDPE installation and the conservation of the HDPE unit throughout the entire year, the Petrochemical Division only saw improvements only in its power consumption, from 5.3 to 4.9 GJ/to in 2019. Since utilities consumed during non-operation increase the EIP, the Petrochemical Division reached an energy index of 18.7, slightly higher than the 18.18 of 2018.

Biodiversity

Being aware of our responsibility when it comes to preserving the biodiversity, the Group gives special attention to the Black Sea region (where Petromidia Refinery is situated) and cares about the very active wildlife populating the area. We are committed to protect the environment and cause it no harm, while also helping the world understand the repercussions of wasteful behaviour.

The strategy of KMG International relies on the principles of minimizing the impact on the environment and working towards protecting it.
One of the projects focused on protecting the regional biodiversity is the periodical cleaning of the ponds and the removal of the reed plot. Due to the three comb-outs stage process implemented at the Petromidia Refinery, the water reused represents no danger for the regional biodiversity.
The two artificial ponds of the Petromidia Refinery, which are part of The Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation, is the home of more than 4 000 different species.

The Rompetrol Rafinare Wastewater Treatment Plant, which takes both the wastewater from the Petromidia Platform and the domestic waters of the city of Navodari, has besides the two treatment stages (mechanic-chemical and biological) and a tertiary stage consisting of two ponds situated in National Reservation of Danube Delta. In this last step, a natural water purification is carried out before the discharge into the Black Sea. Although initially they have been artificially made over time, due to favorable conditions (the quality of the treated water), this considerable area of approximately 50 hectares has become the habitat of many animal species. In winter, due to the higher water temperature, the ponds become a real refuge for birds.