Arpechim, prepared for demolition
The company OMV Petrom has sent a notice of intent to demolish several installations of Arpechim near Pitesti, whose activity had ceased in 2011, announced on February 18 the representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (APM) Arges through a release. “OMV Petrom SA has informed (...) of the intention to disband by demolition the facilities on the working site of Arpechim Pitesti. According to the OMV Petrom’s notification the envisaged demolition process is a long-term one, the demolition of facilities is being expected to be accomplished in stages, the entire process is scheduled to be completed in 2018,” the document reads.
On March 24, 2011 the OMV Petrom Supervisory Board decided on the Arpechim refinery’s permanent closure. According to company representatives, the decision to close down the refinery was made in accordance with the company’s strategy to maximize the benefits and increase efficiency. OMV Petrom had given up, since 2009, the petrochemical activities of the Arpechim platform, whose sole beneficiary had been Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea. OMV Petrom has transferred the assets for petrochemical activities to the Valcea company, including the pyrolysis equipment, the aromatics extraction one, low density polyethylene and high density polyethylene equipments and a series of reservoirs, as well as the related land with an area of about 150 hectares.