OMV and Pa&Co: innovative technological solutions for sustainable roads


OMV and Pa&Co: innovative technological solutions for sustainable roads

  • Rehabilitation and extension of Ploiesti West Belt, Romania's first major work done entirely with polymer modified bitumen

  • Works are done in partnership by Pa&Co International, as the performer of the works, and OMV Romania Mineraloel, as a supplier of bitumen

  • For more than three years, the partnership between OMV and Pa&Co bring on to the Romanian market innovative solutions for road construction

Rehabilitation and expansion of Ploiesti West Belt is the first major investment in Romania made entirely of polymer modified bitumen,the product being used both in the wear layer and the interlayer (binder). The performer of the contract, Pa&Co International, together with the manufacturer of this technological solutions, OMV company, decided the use of polymer modified bitumen due to the excellent properties of this product, which gives increased road durability and results in a significant reduction in maintenance works.


Works at Ploiesti West Belt are made on a length of 12.8 kilometers, the road being extended from two to four lanes. On 23 June 2009 an asphalt carpet with polymer modified bitumen (interlayer - binder), on a surface of 18,000 square meters, representing 1.4 km of the total of works. The polymer modified bitumen provided by OMV is produced in Austria and worked at production of asphalt mixtures base from Tartasesti owned by Pa&Co International, where the formulation is carefully monitored. OMV Bitumen is made to European standards, all polymer modified bitumen OMV brand complying with the requests and EN 14023 specifications (European standard for polymer modified bitumen).


“OMV did not want just a customer who would buy the product, but a partner to ensure that it is well highlighted. On the other hand, we were tracking to have the certainty that the product is of high quality. Centura Ploiesti Vest will demonstrate the partnership that we have made has as bond the quality," said Dan Balcanu, administrator of Pa&Co International. Pa&Co is the first Romanian company to use polymer bitumen to make the Formula 3 Bucharest Ring track, and that has modern equipment and trained professionals to successfully apply this innovative solution. In addition, the company has its own laboratory, which can provide a very strict quality control, essential for the final success of the works.

"We are pleased that our partners from Pa&Co International realised the necessity of using a advanced product, best quality. Opting for the use of polymer modified bitumen produced by OMV, the beneficiary will receive a work with a lifetime double than if they used ordinary bitumen and maintenance work will be greatly reduced, allowing the optimization of maintenance costs," said Remus Hîrceagă, Commercial Country Coordinator, OMV Romania Mineraloel. OMV has provided polymer modified bitumen for other construction in Romania too, such as asphalt Bucharest Ring Formula 3 circuit.

Tests made jointly by the two partners, Pa&Co and OMV, for rehabilitation and expansion project of Ploiesti West Belt began in 2008 when they made the first probation that targeted the quality of equipment and facilities, and also the ability of specialists to use the new product, polymer modified bitumen.


Collaboration between OMV and Pa&Co lasts of more than three years and has seen a continuous development in products and services area. The evolution of the partnership will continue with the completion of works on the Bucharest – Brasov highway, Moara Vlasiei – Ploiesti sector, where Pa&Co International is building a section for which will use the new polymer modified bitumen OMV brand.

Replacing the classic bitumen with polymer modified bitumen in the process of construction or rehabilitation of roads has clear advantages in terms of quality and those of maintenance, advantages demonstrated by the use of this product on large scale in European Union countries. Thus, Romania's roads can have a double lifetime, and maintenance costs can be reduced significantly from the application of a modern technology, represented by the use of polymer modified bitumen at European standards.

General information:

Pa&Co Internationa SRL

Pa&Co Internationa SRL was established in 1990, with private capital, totally Romanian. Pa&Co International now has approximately 1,200 employees and collaborators in many locations in the country and Europe and an annual turnover of around 100 million euro. The company operates in the following areas: road infrastructure, international transport, expertise and consultancy, design, wood processing. Investments in equipments and in the latest technology led to increased safety, efficiency of production, product quality and services, but also a significant decrease in emissions.

SC OMV Romania Mineraloel SRL

OMV Romania Mineraloel is present in Romania since 1998, with headquarters in Bucharest and operating as a subsidiary wholly owned by OMV, the leading energetic group from the European growth belt.

OMV Romania has 89 employees and created about 2,000 jobs through its network of 77 stations representing a market share of 9% in the fuel retail sector.

OMV is the market leader in Romania in terms of quality products and services and has introduced the concept of filling stations as multifunctional service centers. The portfolio of products and services of OMV stations in Romania is unique and includes 75 restaurants and VIVA shops, and advanced car washing systems, innovative cash transfer and bank loan payment.

OMV was the first ecological network in Romania and the only network that uses additives for all fuels, being the first company to sell Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuel, high quality diesel produced especially for the winter season - OMV Alpin Diesel 100 and the octane fuel – OMV Carrera 100.

OMV Romania Commercial Business Unit is responsible for commercialisation and distribution of a wide range of high quality oil products at European standards, such as AdBlue fuel, bitumen and lubricants, to customers in various areas such as industry, construction, roads and transport.

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

With group sales of 25.54 billion euro and a work force of 41,282 employees in 2008, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest Austrian industrial companies listed on stock exchanges. As the leading energy group in the European growth belt, OMV is active in 13 countries in Refining and Marketing (R&M). In Exploration and Production (E&P) OMV is active in 17 countries on four continents. OMV sells about 13 billion of cubic meters of natural gas. In Gas & Energy (G&P) OMV sells about 13 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Throw the gas center from Baumgarten, Austria, OMV annually transports approximately 66 billion cubic meters of natural gas. OMV Gas Centre (Central European Gas Hub) is among the top three largest in continental Europe.

OMV is the leading energy group in the European growth belt with oil and gas reserves of approximately 1.2 billion bep, daily production of around 308,000 bep and an annual refining capacity of about 26 million tons. OMV now has 2477 of filling stations in 13 countries. The market share of the group in refining and marketing segment in the Danube Region is now 20%.

OMV further strengthened its market leadership in the European growth belt through the acquisition of 41.58% of Petrol Ofisi, the Turkish company leader in retail and commercial sales.

In June 2006, OMV has established the OMV Future Energy Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary to support projects in renewable energy with over 100 million euro, this way beginning the change from a group of oil and natural gas energy in a group whose portfolio includes renewable energy


OMV: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

OMV is a member of U.N. Global Compact, a company actively committed to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment in economically weak regions. OMV works hard to address economic, environmental and social issues related to its operations. Its social responsability activities are included in biannual performance reports compiled according to Global Reporting Initiative.