The Kazakh-Romanian Energy Investment Fund (KREIF) and Rompetrol Downstream – the retail structural subdivision of the KMG International Group in Romania, opened the first four integrated service centres on the A1 highway (Nadlac – Sibiu section) on Thursday (9 March).
Part of the IV Pan-European Transport Corridor (Dresden – Istanbul), the A1 highway is the main connecting route to and from Hungary and the western EU countries.
“This is a premiere for Romania, a brand-new concept, developed for the new gas stations on the highways, which ensures clients’ access to a variety of products and services, to generous spaces for rest, relaxation or having meals with the loved ones, and spaces for local and regional producers. There are also fast electric charging stations, and the partnership concluded with the KFC chain of restaurants,” said Catalin Dumitru, Retail and Marketing Director at KMG International and member of the Board of Directors of the Kazakh-Romanian Energy Investment Fund.
The four new stations are part of a 12 service-centre package that the Fund will open on the A1 highway, with a total investment estimated at over 40 million dollars (37.4 million euros). The cost of the first four integrated centres amounted to 14 million dollars (13.1 million euros), with the remaining eight units to be opened in the next period, near Sagu (Arad county), Giarmata and Recaş (Timiş), Cristian (Sibiu).
The new stations have an interior space three times bigger than an average Rompetrol gas station and include a shop, restaurant, coffee shop, playground for children, dedicated spaces for mothers with children and facilities for disabled people.
“The Rompetrol brand continues its development on national and regional levels. In 2013 we launched a new general concept of Rompetrol stations, at the end of 2019 we showed the clients its development by aligning the façade elements with current trends and optimising the space for gastro products, and now we move to the next level – a new Rompetrol station for highways in Romania,” said Zhanibek Nugertayev, the General Manager of Rompetrol Downstream. “These are also the first gas stations in Romania where one can have hot meals, made with fresh ingredients from local producers. The menu suits every taste and includes dishes from traditional and international cuisine.”
With around 45-65 new employees per gas station, each station is equipped with six fuel dispensers for cars, two fast dispensers for trucks/international truck drivers/buses, an AdBlue pump, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply skid, vapour recovery systems and LED lighting, along with four fast charging stations for electric cars, Rompetrol said.
For lower energy consumption, the company is analysing the possibility of installing high-efficiency photovoltaic panels in the next period.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between KMG International and the Romanian State, the Kazakh-Romanian Energy Investment Fund was established in late 2018 for the development of energy projects in Romania. Its only shareholders are KMG International and a Romanian power company Societatea de Administrare a Participaţiilor in Energie (SAPE).