OMV successfully completes turnaround in the Schwechat Refinery

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OMV Schwechat Refinery is fully operational again following a routine inspection. The petrochemicals unit was taken out of operation as scheduled for a regular inspection required by law every six years.
The aim is the thorough cleaning, inspection and maintenance of plant components as well as the modernisation of the petrochemicals unit and parts of the refining unit to be able to continue to guarantee their safe and sustainable operation.
This year’s shutdown affected the areas used for the production of intermediate products for plastics production. This area included the ethylene and butadiene plant and the catalytic cracker.
Inspection work was carried out on 18 process furnaces, 121 columns/reactors, 513 heat exchangers, 684 tanks, 3,000 fittings, and 1,800 safety valves, and various repairs were carried out at around 1,140 pipeline points.
“Thanks to the strong support of all employees and partner companies as well as the comprehensive safety measures, the planned turnaround was completed successfully. With the groundwork laid for implementing our new facilities, we have taken another step towards a more sustainable refinery business and towards the transformation of OMV,” said Martijn van Koten, OMV executive vice-president fuels & feedstock.
In addition to the maintenance and overhaul of the units, OMV also used this time to modernise the refinery in order to set the course for a more sustainable future with lower emissions.

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