Clean-up of sites contaminated by the oil industry under way

The clean-up of sites historically contaminated by the oil and gas industries will improve the environmental and living standards in several Romanian regions.

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The Romanian oil and gas producer, Petrom, was privatised in 2004 and the company is obliged to perform a clean-up of all sites polluted by its activities since inception under the "polluter pays" principle. The Romanian Ministry for Environment and Climate Change has set up a committee to assess and endorse any reimbursement claims from Petrom for cleaning those sites polluted before its incorporation. The operation will ensure Romania meets its environmental obligations, will improve the local environment and quality of life for residents, and will create jobs during its implementation.

Country-wide rehabilitation of sites

The rehabilitation of polluted sites has been split into five distinct components covering several counties. Remediation activities are planned for chemical sludge pits, refinery sludge pit improvements, and pod rehabilitation. A large component of the operation will be the cleaning of 25 exploration and production pits across 9 counties.

After the project has finished, the decontaminated areas will remain under the responsibility of OMV Petrom.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Rehabilitation of historically oil contaminated sites in Romania- Phase 1" is EUR 119 729 476, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is providing EUR 74 306 554 under the operation programme "Environment" for the 2007-2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "Development of integrated waste management systems and rehabilitation of historically contaminated sites."


Draft date

27/05/2015