The Union of Bulgarian Automobilists (UAB) in partnership with OMV Bulgaria launches the largest public network for monitoring the road situation in Bulgaria. The project was launched with 12 cameras located on key road arteries in the country – highways, border crossings, busy points in major cities and more. The cameras are available online at: www.sba.bg/roads
“The aim of this project is to give drivers easily accessible and valuable information in real time so they can plan their journey. In doing so, we believe we will not only save motorists time and frustration, but also help improve road safety. One of the main causes of accidents is being nervous about unexpected delays and being unprepared for upcoming complications on the road. If our cameras prevent even one road accident, our initiative will be worth it,” said Eng. Emil Panchev – Chairman of the UAB.
“OMV Bulgaria is a long-standing partner of the UAB in a number of initiatives related to road safety and care for drivers. The installation of cameras at OMV petrol stations located at key points across the country will give quick and easy access to information about the current road situation. We believe the service will be of great benefit to all travellers,” said Decebal Tudor, Managing Director of OMV Bulgaria.
One of the most monitored cameras at the moment are those at the border crossing point Kulata-Promahon, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the barriers. For the convenience of drivers in the area, there is another camera 166 km from the Struma highway, in the area of Chuchuligovo. There are also cameras on the Trakia, Hemus and Maritsa highways, on the Petolachka road, on the Ruse-Byala road and in the cities of Sofia, Varna, Burgas and Sunny Beach. The cameras provide live bird’s eye footage of the current road conditions without collecting any personal data of the drivers.
“Our goal is to continue the development of the network in the coming years and become the fastest and most reliable source of information for motorists,” said Eng. Panchev.
Additional information about OMV:
OMV produces and markets oil and gas as well as petrochemical products and solutions in a responsible manner and develops innovative solutions for a circular economy. With consolidated sales revenues of EUR 17 billion and a workforce of around 25,000 in 2020 (including Borealis), OMV AG is one of Austria’s largest industrial companies. In the Exploration & Production sector, OMV has strong bases in Central and Eastern Europe and a balanced international portfolio with positions in the Middle East & Africa, the North Sea, Russia and Asia-Pacific as core regions. Average daily production in 2020 is 463,000 barrels of oil with a focus on natural gas. In the Refining and Marketing sector, OMV operates three refineries in Europe and owns a 15% stake in ADNOC Refining and ADNOC Global Trading, with a combined refining capacity of more than 500,000 bpd. In addition, OMV operates approximately 2,100 service stations in ten European countries and maintains gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2020, the volume of gas sales amounts to 164 TWh. In the Chemicals & Materials sector, OMV, together with its subsidiary Borealis, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative polyolefin solutions and the European market leader in base chemicals, fertilizers and mechanical plastics recycling. The company supplies services and products to customers around the world through Borealis and two important joint ventures: Borouge (with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), based in the UAE) and Baystar™ (with Total, based in the US). Sustainable development is an integral part of OMV’s corporate strategy. The company supports the transition to a low-carbon economy and has set measurable targets for reducing carbon intensity as well as implementing new energy and petrochemical solutions.
OMV entered the Bulgarian market in 1998 and today has 94 petrol stations throughout the country. OMV is a multifunctional service centre. The company’s core business is the retail and wholesale of petroleum products. OMV petrol stations have their own brand of restaurants and shops – VIVA. They offer a wide range of products for everyday use as well as freshly prepared food and beverages. By 2021, OMV is investing more than 400 million leva in Bulgaria. OMV currently employs around 1,400 people at their locations across the country.