Petromidia Refinery Fire Quenched
On 22 August this year, at about 6.00 p.m., an incident took place within the area of the vacuum distillation unit at the site of the Petromidia Refinery owned by KMG International.
During repair works to eliminate a leakage in the vacuum distillation unit flowline, a spill of the distillate and its further burning occurred. The repair works were carried out in compliance with the established rules and procedures, using a special device for isolating the flowline.
At 7.30 p.m. the fire was brought under control and fully quenched with the assistance of the Petromidia Refinery's fire-fighting teams jointly with the units of the Emergency Situations Inspection Branch of Dobruja, Constanţa County, and the Fire Squad of Midia-Năvodari.
During the incident 4 employees of Rominserv (KMG International's wholly-owned subsidiary) were injured, one of them died. The condition of the remaining injured, who were provided with medical aid at a hospital, is marked as stable.
A task force has been created in KMG International and an official investigation for determining the causes of the incident has been initiated.
Representatives of JSC NC "KazMunayGas" and KMG International keep in contact with the injured and their families, and provide them with all necessary aid.
At the time, the threat has been eliminated. All units, other than the unit where the incident took place, are operating safely, with reduced throughput.
Based on the complete analysis, the scale of damage and the size of material loss will be assessed. Rompetrol Rafinare's representatives render total support to the competent state agencies conducting the investigation of the emergency.