Romania’s biggest energy company OMV Petrom must expand across borders to find new oil and gas reserves, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria being 2 of the potential targets for this expansion, Rainer Seele, the CEO of Austrian OMV said in an interview with local hotnews.ro, Romania Insider reported on January 22, 2018.
He also firmly rejected the rumors about a potential cooperation between Petrom and Russian Gazprom, which resurfaced in some local media after the announcement about Mariana Gheorghe’s departure from the helm of OMV Petrom.
«Talking about Romania and Petrom, we have no interest to cooperate with Gazprom in terms of shareholding or business operations. When we talked with Gazprom about the asset change with OMV there have been rumors in the Romanian media that Petrom may be included in our talks. I want to make it clear: we have never talked about a collaboration with Gazprom in Romania and we have no interest in doing this,» Seele said.
Rainer Seele also said that Petrom’s management is planning higher investments in Romania in 2018. This year, the group will also make its final decision on the commercial exploitation of the Neptun Deep gas perimeter in the Black Sea, which OMV Petrom had been developing together with ExxonMobil.
Seele also said that the BRUA gas pipe, which will connect Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria, is important for the Black Sea gas project as it will allow the gas exports to Western Europe.