OMV Petrom, the largest energy company in South-Eastern Europe, delivered the first LNG to Damen Shipyards Mangalia, the largest shipyard in south-eastern Europe. The product was used to power a ship with engines using LNG. It is the first ship of this type built in Romania, at the Damen Shipyard, in Mangalia.
Radu Caprau, member of the management of OMV Petrom, responsible for the Downstream Oil activity:"The transport sector, which plays a key role in the mobility of goods and people, is also one of the sectors where effective and comprehensive emission reduction measures are needed. OMV Petrom is and will continue to be part of the solution, with a mixed portfolio of products that meet the mobility needs of our country. The first LNG delivery in Romania is another step we are taking in expanding the offer of low-emission transport products. ”
Franck Neel, member of the management of OMV Petrom responsible for the Downstream Gas activity:"In the context of the energy transition, the use of LNG in transport and industry can lead to a significant reduction in carbon and pollutant emissions. Romania has a significant potential for natural gas, and its capitalization, including through liquefaction, opens new horizons for the Romanian economy and contributes to the objectives of the climate agenda. "
Florin Spataru, member of the Board of Damen Shipyards Mangalia: “We are pleased to see the collaboration between two industry leaders in Romania and beyond, who made a premiere possible: this is the first time such a ship has been built in Romania, and this that the Romanian naval industry is able to implement very complex and innovative projects with a high technological level ”.
The first LNG delivery in Romania, carried out by OMV Petrom, involved the coordination and management for the first time of a complex process in which several partner companies were involved, in compliance with all safety measures. It materialized in two separate transports of two tankers, which supplied the tank of the first ship in Romania operating on LNG.
By cooling the natural gas to a temperature of -160 ° C and by liquefaction, they reduce their volume about 600 times compared to the gaseous volume. Thus, they can be stored and transported safely over very long distances, with a high degree of economic and energy efficiency. Liquefied natural gas is a transitional alternative for cleaner transport, especially for transport segments that can be more difficult to decarbonise, such as heavy freight road transport and shipping. By using LNG in transport, CO2 emissions decrease by 15%, nitrogen oxide emissions by 50%, and heavy particulate emissions by 99%.
LNG also does not generate sulfur emissions, thus complying with the International Maritime Organization's strict sulfur requirements.