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Traded asWBAGOMV
IndustryOil and gas
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Key people
Rainer Seele (CEO)
ProductsOil and gas exploration and production, natural gas trading and transportation, oil refining, electricity generation
ServicesFuel stations
Increase 853 million EUR (2017)
Total assets16,301 in Euro (mn) (2017)
Number of employees

OMV (formerly abbreviation for Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung (English: Austrian Mineral Oil Administration)) is an Austrian integrated oil and gas company which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The company is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

It is active in the upstream and downstream businesses.[1]


The OMV head office in the Hoch Zwei skyscraper in Vienna

The history of OMV began on July 3, 1956, when the company then known as “Österreichische Mineralölverwaltungs Aktiengesellschaft” was officially entered into the commercial register.[2] Consequently, the Soviet Mineral Oil Administration (Sowjetische Mineralölverwaltung, SMV), a corporation formed during the Soviet zone of occupation in post-war Austria became “Österreichische Mineralölverwaltungs Aktiengesellschaft”.

Four years later, in 1960, the company opened the Schwechat refinery near Vienna, in 1968 the first natural gas supply contract with the former USSR were entered.[3] At the end of 1987, 15% of OMV was privatised, making it the first public listing of a state-owned company in Austria. In 1989, OMV acquired a 25% stake in plastics group, Borealis.

In 1990 the company opened its first filling station in Vienna-Auhof on 26 June 1990.

The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi acquired an initial 19.6% interest in the group at the end of 1994. The following year, the group changed its name from "ÖMV" to "OMV" because the umlaut on the "Ö" is not commonly used in many languages.

In the early 2000s, OMV expanded into Eastern Europe, by acquiring around 10% of Hungarian oil company, MOL and in 2003 it acquired the upstream division of Germany’s Preussag Energie, expanding its filling station networks.

OMV oil refinery in Schwechat (near Vienna)

In 2004, OMV became the market leader in Central and Eastern Europe following the acquisition of 51% of Romanian oil and gas group Petrom which constitutes the largest acquisition in OMV’s history.

In the same year, OMV increased its share capital, meaning that more than 50% of the company’s shares were in free float for the first time.

Following the sale of 50% of the subsidiary company Agrolinz Melamine International GmbH to IPIC in 2005, the Borealis group was taken over in full together with IPIC.

In 2006, OMV acquired a 34% stake in Turkish oil company Petrol Ofisi. In the same year, the board members of OMV and Verbund, the Austrian utility group announced plans for a merger. However, this collapsed due to resistance from Austrian MPs.

OMV increased its stake in Hungarian oil group MOL to 20.2% in 2007. OMV then sold its entire stake in March 2009 after MOL rejected a takeover bid in 2008 and the European Commission imposed tough restrictions for an approval of the deal. OMV acquired the stake held by Dogan Holding in Petrol Ofisi in late 2010, which further increased its stake in the company to 95.75%.

In 2012, the Domino-1 well in the Romanian Black Sea exploration licence Neptun was the most significant discovery in that year, which has the potential to be OMV´s most important gas discovery ever.[4]

On October 31, 2013 the acquisition deal with Norwegian Statoil containing participations in oil and gas fields and in development projects in Norway and the UK was closed. With 2.65 bn USD, this is the largest transaction in OMV’s history.[5]

A divestment agreement for the 45% stake in Bayernoil was signed in December 2013. The sale was closed in June 2014.[6]

In 2015 OMV increased its interest in Petrol Ofisi to 100%,.[7] Two years later, in 2017, OMV sold Petrol Ofisi to Vitol Group [8]

Finance information[edit]

Shareholder structure 2016[9][edit]

  • ÖBIB, formerly ÖIAG (31.5%)
  • IPIC (24.9%)
  • Employee share programs (0.4%)
  • Treasury Shares (0.3%)
  • Free float (42.9%)


The most important shareholdings of OMV Aktiengesellschaft are listed below, with other shareholdings held by the appropriate business segments:[10]

  • Borealis AG (36%)
  • Gas Connect Austria (51%)
  • OMV Petrom SA (51%)

Business segments[edit]

OMV Upstream Portfolio


In Upstream, OMV focuses on the exploration, development and production of oil and gas in four core regions, 1) Central and Eastern Europe, 2) the North Sea, 3) the Middle East and Africa, and 4) Russia. At the end of 2016, OMV Upstream was active in 15 countries across the globe and had proven reserves (1P) of 1.03 bn boe and proven and probable reserves (2P) of 1.7 bn boe. The Reserve Replacement Rate (RRR) was 101% in 2016. Daily production was 311 kboe/d in 2016, which equals a total production of 113.8 mn boe. Around 90% of its production in 2016 came from EU/OECD countries. The oil/gas split in production is roughly 50/50.[1]


Downstream Oil operates three refineries: Schwechat (Austria) and Burghausen (Germany), both of which feature with integrated petrochemical production, as well as the Petrobrazi refinery (Romania) which processes predominantly Romanian crude. OMV has an annual refining capacity of 17.8 mn t by the end of 2016. The retail network consists of more than 2,000 filling stations in 10 countries with a strong brand portfolio. Together with a high-quality non-oil retail business (VIVA) and an efficient commercial business, OMV has a leading position in its markets.[1]

OMV Downstream Oil Portfolio

In Downstream Gas, the natural gas sales volumes amounted to 109 TWh in 2016. OMV operates a gas pipeline network in Austria and owns gas storage facilities with a capacity of 2.7 bcm (30 TWh). The Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) is a well-established gas trading platform The gas distribution node in Baumgarten is Central Europe’s largest entry and gas distribution point for Russian gas. OMV also operates two gas-fired power plants, one in Romania and one Turkey.[1]

OMV Downstream Gas Portfolio



The acquisition of 51% stake in Petrom was considered controversial as the privatisation contract was not made public and it consists of several disputed clauses.

The privatisation allegedly produced a market monopoly. Critics say that OMV can use the resources Petrom owns until their exhaustion. Also fixing of tax for gas and oil exploration at 3 to 13.5 percent from the final delivery price for 10 years was criticised. Some critics claimed, that the price €1.5 billion was too low.


In June 2007 OMV made an unsolicited bid to take over MOL, which was rejected by the Hungarian company. MOL criticised OMV's advertisement in which OMV had suggested the two had already worked together on the European market. MOL thought that to be misleading and unethical and asked OMV to remove the name MOL from those advertisements. OMV dismissed its bid after negative results of the investigation by the European competition authorities.[11][12] OMV sold its entire stake to Surgutneftegas in March 2009.[13]

New Zealand[edit]

On 10 April 2019 OMV announced that it would drill up to ten wells off the Otago, New Zealand coast.[14] The decision was met with indications by local environmental groups, who had successfully fought previous attempts to drill for fossil fuels in the area, that OMV could "expect resistance".[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d OMV Annual Report 2016
  2. ^ 60 years and still going strong: OMV’s moving history Retrieved on July 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "OMV History". OMV. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ OMV Press Release ExxonMobil / OMV Petrom: Deep water gas discovery offshore Romania. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ OMV Press Release OMV closes acquisition deal with Statoil. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ OMV Press Release OMV: Downstream restructuring on track. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  7. ^ OMV Annual Report 2015 Accounting principles and policies, p. 66. Abgerufen am 7. April 2017.
  8. ^ OMV Press Release OMV divests wholly owned subsidiary OMV Petrol Ofisi to Vitol Group. Retrieved on April 7, 2017
  9. ^ OMV Annual Report 2016 OVM on the Capital Markets, p. 46. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  10. ^ OOMV Annual Report 2016 Direct and indirect investments of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, p. 209ff. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "European Commission closes door on OMV-MOL merger plan". 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  12. ^ "OMV gets EU objections statement over MOL takeover bid". Forbes. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  13. ^ "OMV sells MOL stake". OilVoice. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  14. ^ "Gas and oil exploration move off Otago coast". Otago Daily Times. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ "'Expect resistance', oil company told". Otago Daily Times. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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