Romanian oil provider goes solar


The Romanian OMV Petrom oil and gas supplier majority-owned by Austrian business OMV has installed PV systems on the rooftops of 40 gas stations in Romania.

The company said it invested around €1.3 million in the new systems, which will generate around 10% of the power needs of each gas station. Annual power generation from each of the arrays has been estimated at around 30,000 kWh.

“We are planning to raise the number [of] our gas stations powered by solar to 78 by the end of this year,” said OMV Petrom executive Radu Capraum.

The company said measures it has adopted since 2010 to reduce its carbon footprint have already secured a 22% reduction in CO2 emissions and it aims to reduce them by a further 27% by 2025.

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OMW Petrom entered the renewable energy business in 2010 with the acquisition of a wind farm in Romania.

This article was amended on 18/05/20 to clarify the 30,000 kWh annual generation figure is for each petrol station array, not an aggregated return from all of them. The picture caption was amended to state the company plans to install a further 38 systems, rather than 37, as previously stated.

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