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Petromidia Refinery blast: Fire started at gasoline hydrofining installation; pipe probably cracked

Rompetrol Refinery Director General Felix Crudu-Tesloveanu said on Friday that the fire at Petromidia started at the gasoline hydrofining installation and the ensuing blast generated three more outbreaks, with the probable cause being a cracked pipe.

He said that the fire broke out on a platform where there is various industrial equipment and where five people were working. Four of them were injured and one was found dead.

"Unfortunately, a fire broke out at the gasoline hydrofining installation at around 12:30hrs, as we were informed by the dispatcher. The flame and the ensuing blast generated three more outbreaks. Unfortunately, one of the workers operating in the area was caught by the blast. During the intervention, desperate efforts were made to find him, and the responders went in dressed up special fire protection equipment (...) He was outside on a platform where there is various industrial equipment. (...) There were five people in the area at the time, all five were injured, two slightly injured, one medium and a severely," Crudu-Tesloveanu said.

According to him, after the fire broke out, all the installations were stopped, according to emergency instructions.

"At first sight, but we will investigate with the authorities and experts, it was a pipe that cracked, we do not know details, a flame appeared in the area (...), it ignites immediately, very high temperatures. (... ) We acted (...), when there are such instances we act according to a contingency plan, all the installations are stopped, all the air vents are opened, they are depressurized, all the fire extinguishing lines are opened, there are specific measures. As soon as the fire started, the control room and the operators from that respective installation took action according to the working instructions for emergencies. So everything stops," said the Rompetrol Refinery official.

He also said that the families of the deceased and the injured were immediately notified, and they will be provided with all the the necessary support. Appropriate medical treatment will also be provided to the injured, even abroad if necessary. 


A Red Intervention Plan was activated on Friday after an explosion followed by fire occurred at the Petromidia Refinery in Navodari, as the locals were alerted by RO-ALERT message about large smoke emissions.


Minister of Interior Lucian Bode on Friday stated that it was due to the professionalism of the firemen that the tragedy at Petromidia did not turn into a catastrophe, underscoring that the population, the tourists were never in danger.

"Due to the professionalism of the military firemen and the firemen of the refinery, this tragedy did not turn into a catastrophe. I want to thank and congratulate everybody who showed up here eight minutes after receiving the call. In less than an hour, around 1.15 pm, the fire was located, and at 3 pm it had already been extinguished," said Bode.

According to him, the Environmental Guard, after carrying out the required measurements to check the quality of the air, gave assurance that there are no problems.

"We have managed to send a message to calm down the population, a ro-alert message. (...) The population was never in any danger, the tourists on the seaside have never been in danger today. (...) The Environmental Guard, after making the required measures, assured us that there are no problems," said Minister Bode.