At approximately 0800 EST, reports began to emerge of several explosions and a fire at Petromidia Oil Refinery in Navodari, Romania. The workers have been evacuated from the site as of 0930 EST and emergency services have confirmed there were no casualties from the initial blast. However, one firefighter is being treated for a leg injury. As of this post, the fire has not been brought under control and operations have ceased at the plant. There is currently no proposal for the cause of the incident.
In 2021 an explosion rocked the plant and killed one worker, but the cause was determined not to involve foul-play.
Romania, explosion at Petromidia Refinery on the Black Sea. pic.twitter.com/3Slgbg74EM
— Pierre Davide Borrelli (@PierreDBorrelli) June 21, 2023
Petromidia Refinery is the largest Romanian oil refinery and one of the largest in Eastern Europe, located in N?vodari, Constan?a County. It has an annual processing capacity of 4.8 million tonnes/year or 100,000 bbl/d (16,000 m3/d). The refinery is supplied with oil through an oil terminal located in the Port of Midia that could accommodate ships up to 24,000 DWT or by a pipeline of 40 km (25 mi) which had a terminus in the Port of Constan?a. (wiki)