Romania's OMV Petrom completes 4.6 GWh PV park

Source: OMV Petrom

BUCHAREST (Romania), March 24 (SeeNews) - Romania's top oil and gas group OMV Petrom [BSE:SNP] said on Thursday it has completed a 4,600 MWh photovoltaic park in Icoana, Olt county, which will supply green energy for its own operations.

The park includes nearly 1,000 photovoltaic panels installed on an area of 5,500 sq m, equal to the size of a football field, OMV Petrom said in a press release.

It will produce more than 4,600 MWh of green electricity throughout their entire life cycle, estimated at 13 years. By replacing the conventional electricity source, the carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by more than 1,200 tonnes throughout the entire life cycle of the panels, OMV Petrom also said.

"This project is a first for us and is part of the energy efficiency programme, through which we aim to reduce our environmental impact. We will continue developing such projects that support our objective of decarbonising operations," OMV Petrom executive board member, responsible for exploration and production Chris Veit said.

Since 2010, OMV Petrom has invested approximately 72 million euro ($79 million) in developing projects that supply electricity or electric and thermal energy for production activities. Currently, 65% of the electricity needs of exploration and production activities is generated internally. The medium-term objective is that the entire electricity needs to be exclusively supplied from internal sources.

OMV Petrom is the largest integrated energy company in Southeast Europe, with an annual group hydrocarbon production of approximately 47 million boe in 2021. The group has a refining capacity of 4.5 million tonnes annually and operates an 860 MW high-efficiency power plant. OMV Petrom is present on the oil products retail market in Romania and neighbouring countries through more than 780 filling stations, under two brands – OMV and Petrom.

Austria's OMV Aktiengesellschaft holds a 51.011% stake in OMV Petrom. The Romanian economy ministry owns 20.639% and 28.35% is free float on the Bucharest bourse and the London Stock Exchange.

Shares in blue-chip OMV Petrom traded 0.43% higher at 0.4720 lei ($0.11/0.10 euro) by 0907 CET on the BVB on Thursday.

(1 euro=4.9462 lei)

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