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Additional petrochemical investments in Burghausen Refinery

  • Expansion of existing cracker plant to increase quantities of ethylene and propylene for the neighboring Bavarian Chemical Triangle 
  • Investment of around EUR 40 mn; start-up planned for Q3 2022
  • Another step towards decisive realignment for future petchem focus

OMV, the integrated, international oil, gas and petrochemicals company headquartered in Vienna, is expanding and modernizing its cracker units and petrochemical cold section at its Burghausen Refinery in Germany. The measures aim to increase the site’s ethylene and propylene production capacity. Following the planned turnaround of the refinery, the upgraded units are expected to go live in the third quarter of 2022, whereby the initial groundwork is already underway.

“By expanding the cracker, OMV is consistently delivering on its petrochemical strategy for a future-proof refinery. This goes hand in hand with the growth in the chemical industry and serves as a response to increasing customer demand. At the same time, this 40-million-euro investment will provide key economic stimulus for the region and for OMV’s Burghausen site”, says Thomas Gangl, OMV Chief Downstream Operations Officer. 

The cracker expansion will facilitate an increase in annual ethylene and propylene production of around 50,000 metric tons, addressing the growth in demand for petrochemical products in the Bavarian Chemical Triangle and on the international markets. Ethylene and propylene are important raw materials for an array of industrial applications such as advanced lightweight automotive components, parts for the renewables sector, medication, or detergents and de-icing agents for example.

An international team made up of people from different sites has developed the project and is now implementing it. Despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and corresponding enhanced safety measures, all milestones so far have been successfully met. There is a customized hygiene and safety concept in place for construction work on the grounds of the refinery to protect the onsite staff.

Background information:

OMV Deutschland GmbH
OMV Deutschland GmbH, headquartered in Burghausen, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the OMV Group headquartered in Vienna, Austria. It handles competencies and cross-sector functions relevant to the entire Group. It also includes the two subsidiaries OMV Deutschland Operations GmbH & Co. KG and OMV Deutschland Marketing & Trading GmbH & Co. KG. 

The core business of OMV Deutschland Operations GmbH & Co. KG is operating refineries and petrochemicals production, maintaining technical units, and offering logistics and production services for Group companies, local companies and third parties. The refinery site in Burghausen is part of OMV's strategic refinery network and operates alongside the two other sites in Schwechat near Vienna and Petrobrazi in Romania. Burghausen has an annual processing capacity of around 3.8 million metric tons of crude. It produces middle distillates such as kerosene, diesel and heating oil. The focus of the refinery is on petrochemicals, whereby the crude is not used to produce gasoline but instead processed into petrochemicals like ethylene, propylene and butadiene.

OMV Deutschland Marketing & Trading GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for procuring raw materials and for selling intermediates and end products. In addition to developing new brands and products, it manages the OMV filling station business in Germany. OMV currently operates around 285 filling stations in southern Germany with a focus on Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.