First petroleum refinery established in Romania after 1989

EnergyNewsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2014

A Romanian family, Stelian and Marinela Tulcan, has established the first petroleum refinery in the country since 1989, local media reported. The self-managed refinery, called West Petrol Rafinare is located in Apateu Commune, Arad County. The facility has been operating for a couple of months now with a capacity of 250 tonnes per day. The largest Oil Company in Romania Petrom has already become a customer of the business.

The Tulcans have a number of 40 employees, working in the refinery, which also produces a range of solvents and bitumen. The family company has recently signed a contract with Oil Terminal Constanta, worth approximately 2 million euros for the supply of 5,700 tonnes of petroleum needed for refining. The resulted fuel is sold to various fuel distributors and other customers in Western Romania.

"We started the construction of the refinery five years ago, after we saw in Italy that a refinery which in Romania covered 50 hectares could be built on a 95 percent smaller area. At present there are mechanised and minimised installations that can do everything the ones of 30 years ago did. It cost me a few millions of euros, it is so easy that anyone disposing of a similar amount can enter this area," Stelian Tulcan said, quoted by local media.