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September 25, 2021

EC: EUR 74.3 M to decontaminate areas contaminated with oil

The European Commission (EC) will earmark EUR 74.3 M for Romania for the cleaning up of several areas contaminated with oil products, the main beneficiary being OMV Petrom. “It will be covered through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDR) as part of the priority axis concerning the development of integrated waste management systems and the rehabilitation of contaminated areas, as an integral part of Romania’s operational program for the environment. The project will be implemented by the end of 2015,” an EC communique reads.
The funds will be used to rehabilitate several slime catch pits at the Doljchim chemical plant and at the Petrobrazi and Arpechim refineries, units owned by the OMV Petrom oil, natural gas and electricity producer controlled by Austria’s OMV Group. Doljchim and Arpechim are shut down.
The FEDR funds will also be used to clean up 25 hydrocarbon exploration and production pools located in nine counties, as well as two storage units for oil products located in Braila and Vaslui counties. The communiqué does not point out who operates the 25 exploration pools and the two storage units.
The communique points out that thanks to this project Romania will be able to respect its environment protection obligations, the investment contributing to the remedying of severe environmental damages and the combating of pollution.

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