Malaysia’s Petronas looks to chemical recycling to tackle plastic waste problem

August 22, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-04, Plastics Today:

Malaysia’s Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK company Plastic Energy Ltd, a chemical recycling company, to collaborate in addressing plastic waste that cannot be recycled by conventional means in Malaysia. The strategic collaboration marks the first step towards a circular economy which maximizes the plastics value chain.


Anniversary – Flixborough

June 1, 2019

Process Safety engineers never forget.


Malaysia’s Petronas testing polymer units at Pengerang

May 19, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-04, Argus:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas is continuing test runs of polymer units at its new petrochemical facility in Pengerang in the run-up to the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Petronas has so far produced small quantities of on-specification product.

The facility, a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Aramco, will be able to produce 900,000 t/yr of polypropylene (PP) and 750,000 t/yr of polyethylene (PE).

Petronas is expected to ramp up test runs and increase run rates in the run-up to Ramadan, which starts in early May.

Ramadan is typically a slow period in Malaysia, with working hours reduced in state-owned companies.


Nation’s first Micro LNG facility

May 10, 2019

Darn it, I missed the boat. Who’s Kudos?

Dateline 2019-03-29, Daily Express:

Malaysia’s first Micro Liquefied Natural Gas facility at Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park that was officially launched, Thursday, will not only spur the economy but provide job opportunities for Sabahans, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.Some 99 per cent of the workforce comprises Sabahans, mainly engineers and technicians. Although micro in size with capacity of producing 35 metric tonnes daily or equivalent to 1.8 million standard cubic feet a day, it can meet the energy requirements of small and medium industries across the State.  Consumers would benefit from cleaner and cheaper fuel at a competitive price, which in turn translates to cost savings and reduce the cost of doing business in Sabah.

Kudos goes to Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC), a wholly owned company of the State Government, which reached this significant milestone, in collaboration with Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment Company limited, a multinational company from China.


Shout Out: 2019-09 APCChE 2019 Sapporo

May 5, 2019

IEM will be hosting Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress (APCChE) 2021. Therefore, I request that you support this year’s event (and obviously the 2021 one), as the flag handover ceremony will be attended by yours truly.


Shout Out – 2019-07 ICOSSE ’19

May 2, 2019

Here’s an event done in conjuction with IEM, from July 1-3. You don’t get CPD points, as far as I know. They are looking for sponsors, so dig deep, and send people and money their way. I don’t have any links with the organizer.

8th International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering. The 8th International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering serves as the international platform for innovation in sustainability science and engineering.

You can download the brochure here, and send an abstract here.


IEM Shout Out – 2018-03 Two-Day Course on Implementing of Kaizen for Chemical Products/ Process

February 28, 2018

My technical division will be hosting a two day course on the 7th and 8th March, 2018. It is worth 13 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Mr. Ng Chuk Peng.

A hands-on guide on how to use a common sense, low –cost approach to manage the workplace for continuous productivity improvement. People often try to apply sophisticated tools and technologies to deal with problems in the workplace that can be solved with a common sense, low-cost approach. They need to unlearn the habit of trying ever-more sophisticated technologies to solve everyday workplace problems. Blending common sense with Kaizen tools and techniques into practice is the core topic of this training program. Although improvements under Kaizen are small and incremental, the Kaizen process brings about dramatic results over time. Kaizen has contributed greatly to Japan’s competitive success as evidenced in their ability to produce high quality products at lower costs.

Mr. Ng Chuk Peng got his MBA in Total Quality Management from Newport University USA in 2001.  The principal consultant for Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality Management System, Quality & Productivity Improvement, and Operation Management programmes, Mr. CP Ng, his involvement in Quality Management began in 1981 when he was with Matsushita Electric Company (Melcom) responsible for Quality Control. In between tours of duty, he was responsible for leading the Pioneer Quality Control Circle (QCC) of Melcom during the “Look East Policy”. After leaving Melcom, he was an NDT engineer with Oilfield Inspection Services, UK (OIS). Leaving OIS for Hitachi Consumer Products (M) Sdn Bhd., he served in several capacities as Quality Assurance, Production and Sales Manager. CP Ng has lectured at Stamford College and Newport University (KL) and Irish International University accredited TQM Program. He has written articles for Society of Environmental Auditors Malaysia (SEAM) bulletin on subjects pertaining to Quality Management System. CP Ng also is an Associate Member of SEAM and has qualified for Fellowship from Canadian Chartered Institute of Business Administration (CIBA). He has assisted Agilent Technologies, Penang in Kaizen & Lean Sigma Green Belt Programme since September 2007 and Western Digital, Selangor in Kaizen Lean Certification for Innovator, Leader and Practitioner from 2014 ~ 2015. He is currently assisting Mitsui Copper Foil in QCC initiatives as a coach since 2016. He is also assisting Western Digital Media, Johor in Lean Manufacturing initiatives since 2Q 2017.

Register here, or download the form here.