Dacia – the main auto producer in Romania, OMV Petrom group – the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, together with Romturingia SRL – an independent coach-builder, announce the delivery of the first Dacia Duster Pick-up trucks. Result of a transformation project, the vehicle was specially designed to meet OMV Petrom requirements.
The keys for the first 10 vehicles were handed-over today, October 7th, at Dacia plant in Mioveni, during a ceremony attended by Nicolas Maure, General Manager at Grup Renault Romania, Gabriel Selischi, OMV Petrom executive board member responsible with Exploration and Production, and Stelian Ion, General Manager at SC Romturingia SRL.
The partnership between the three companies covers the delivery of over 500 vehicles by the end of 2015.
The Duster Pickups manufactured for OMV Petrom are derived from the standard 4x4 model and are equipped with a 1.5 dCi engine, with 110 hp, being modified to answer to the specific needs of oil and gas industry. They offer a simple cabin, with two seats, a medium sized rear window, equipped with a protective grill. The cabin is protected by two exterior roll-bars. The pickup bed is 1.7 meters in length and can accommodate a payload of up to 450 kilograms.
The Dacia Duster conversion project to create the Pickup truck started at the end of 2012 and included the designing several prototypes, obtaining the homologation from the Renault Group and the homologation from the Romanian Auto Registry (RAR) by Romturingia with the help of Renault Group, and finally, the preparations for production.
"The Duster Pickup illustrates Dacia’s capability to provide products adapted to the requirements of the clients. This time, we are talking about OMV Petrom, a group who has a long and fruitful collaboration with us. At the same time, Duster Pickup represents a new benchmark for the partnership with Romturingia, one of the most important Romanian companies specialized in car bodyworks and design. I am convinced that Duster Pickup is the suitable solution to all requirements from our client", said Nicolas Maure, General Manager at Grup Renault Romania.
"All terrain utility vehicles are essential for our activity. OMV Petrom has over 9,000 active wells that require monitoring and maintenance. Most of them are located far away from national roads and the need for offroad vehicles arises so that we should be able to transport equipment. I am happy that we will be able to use Romanian vehicles for these activities as well, while reducing our costs", said Gabriel Selischi, OMV Petrom Executive Board member responsible with Exploration and Production.
"The project for the transformation of Dacia Duster in a Pickup vehicle was a real challenge for us that we managed to overcome through the mobilization of our entire team. We are proud of the outcome and with the fact that we managed to provide a suitable solution to a very exigent bidding requirements, in a very short timeframe by industry standards", said Ion Stelian, General Manager at SC Romturingia SRL.
OMV Petrom is the largest integrated oil and gas group in South-eastern Europe, with an annual oil and gas production of approximately 66 mn boe. The Group has a refining capacity of 4.2 mn tons / year and owns an 860 MW high efficiency power plant and a 45 MW wind park. OMV Petrom is present on the oil products retail markets in Romania and neighbouring countries through approximately 800 filling stations.
OMV, Austria’s largest listed industrial company, holds a 51.01% share in OMV Petrom. The Romanian state, viathe Ministry of Economy, holds 20.64% of OMV Petrom shares, the Property Fund holds 18.99% and 9.36% is free float on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
In the last nine years investments for the consolidation and modernization of OMV Petrom amounted to EUR 10 bn. The annual direct, indirect and induced impact of OMV Petrom in Romania’s GDP is around 5%. Starting 2007, OMV Petrom integrated the principles of corporate responsibility within its business strategy. In this period, the company allocated more than EUR 40 mn for the development of communities in Romania, focusing on environment protection, education, health and local development. Andrei’s School is the main platform for community involvement.
SC Romturingia SRL, headquartered in Campulung Muscel, is one of the most important companies in Romania specialized in the design, conversion and production of car bodies.
The company, ISO 9001 certified and agreed Renault partner, has 115 employees and targets a turnover over 6,5 million euro in 2014 .
The collaboration with Dacia dates back to 1997, with over 18,000 custom vehicles being manufactured since then.