Malaysia Petchem JV Search Continues After Saudis Join Hub

Dateline 2017-03-14, Bloomberg:

Petronas Chemicals Bhd., a unit of Malaysia’s state energy company, said it’s in talks with petrochemical firms from Asia and Europe to invest in a $27 billion oil refining and petrochemical project, sustaining hope the country can find a partner after at least three previous deals fell through.

Companies from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Italy have expressed interest in joining the Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development, or RAPID, said Chief Executive Officer Sazali Hamzah, declining to identify them. Earlier plans by Petronas Chemicals’ parent, Petroliam Nasional Bhd., to develop petrochemical plants at the complex in the southern state of Johor with Evonik Industries AG, BASF SE and Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co. never materialized.


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