Fire breaks out at PETRONAS refinery in Johor

January 26, 2023

Fire in Highcastle, Johor.

Dateline 2022-10-27, The Star:

A fire broke out at a PETRONAS oil refinery here, which led to an explosion at 3.24pm on Thursday (Oct 27).

In a statement, PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn Bhd (PRPC) said the fire broke out at one of the interconnecting pipes located in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Kota Tinggi, Johor.


Diver dies offshore Malaysia at Petronas FPSO

October 17, 2022

Why not a DOSH report? Something to hide? “Unnamed FPSO”, really?

Dateline 2022-07-12, Energy Voice:

A commercial diver has died while performing an adapter mating test on the hull of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel offshore Malaysia, according to a HSE report from national oil company Petronas.

Petronas said the accident was part of the underwater hull repair project for an unnamed FPSO. The work was being carried out in water depths of five to six metres. The accident, which involved a second diver, happened on 5 July 2022.


Anniversary – Deepwater Horizon

April 20, 2022

Safety engineers never forget.


Hajiji launches RM1 billion complex to promote green energy

April 5, 2022

Dateline 2022-02-14, NST:

 The Sabah Maju Jaya Renewable Energy Industrial Complex (SMJREIC) valued at RM1 billion will be constructed on a 10ha piece of land in the Sepanggar Bay Container Port.

Once completed, it will house a centralised edible oil bulking terminal with a capacity of 30,000 metric tonnes.

And it is also the first palm oil refinery complex with a capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes per annum as well as a hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) plant, the first in Malaysia with a capacity of 250,000 metric tonnes per annum producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).


Court affirms fine against Petronas Carigali over unsafe work system

April 3, 2022

Dateline 2022-02-15, FMT:

The Court of Appeal today affirmed a RM50,000 fine imposed on Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for failing to secure a safe work system which had caused the death of a worker in Kemaman eight years ago.

A three-member bench chaired by Hanipah Farikullah said there was no appealable error by the High Court, which confirmed the decision of the sessions court.

She said the company did not comply with its own internal guidelines and failed to ensure a contractor complied with the job method statement.


Shoutout – APCChE 2021-10

October 26, 2021

I’m giving a talk on Wed, 27th October, 2021. Spoilers, the subjects of the talk will be:

  • Infra – The Case of the Rebellious Infrastructure
  • Scheduling – The Case of the Wonky Schedule
  • ToR – The Case of The Amazing Assumptions and Bodacious Basis
  • Docs – The Case of the Mutating Scribblings
  • Multi Task – A Case of Smooshing Studies
  • Authority – The Case of The Disappearing Baron
  • Team member’s Seat
  • Leader – The Case of the Flubbing Conductor
  • Lost – Lost in Translation
  • Litigious- Going Down Fightin’

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Malaysia’s Petronas reports fire at LNG complex in Bintulu, operations unaffected

October 7, 2021

Pure speculation on my part, pump fire?

Dateline 2021-09-29, Reuters:

Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas said a fire broke out at its massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in Bintulu on Tuesday but that operations were unaffected.

The fire occurred at the sea-cooling water outfall channel located outside the complex’s process area, and was successfully extinguished, Petronas said in a statement on Wednesday.


Cooking gas cylinder blasts not uncommon

September 14, 2021

Considering we hardly every change out the gas cylinder hose, it’s a wonder we aren’t having more cases.

Dateline 2021-08-16, The Sun:

Scarcely is there a home, restaurant or hawker stall in Malaysia that does not have the ubiquitous cooking gas cylinder.

More than half a century has passed since it was first introduced, and accepted as a safe and convenient option to charcoal or firewood for cooking.

However, cases of cooking gas cylinders exploding are not uncommon.

Just last month, a doctor in Penang was caught in a blast that left 95% of his body badly burned. He eventually succumbed to the injuries.


One injured after underground tank at Sibu petrol station catches fire

August 3, 2021

Why is the IEM OGMTD not making press statements about this? First thing is, how the heck does an underground tank catch fire? There ain’t enough oxygen.

Dateline 2021-07-27, Malay Mail:

An employee was injured after the underground tank at a petrol station at Jalan Brother Albinus here caught fire around 10am today.

An explosion was heard as the fire sent a thick plume of smoke high above the side of the petrol station.

Members of the public in the vicinity were seen running helter-skelter.

Staff of the petrol station managed to put out the fire with fire extinguishers before it caused further damage.


Conoco says all staff safely evacuated from drillship off Malaysia

June 14, 2021

Dateline 2021-05-04, Reuters:

Oil producer ConocoPhillips (COP.N) said all staff were safely evacuated from a drillship that listed and sank off the coast of Malaysia on Tuesday.

The Naga 7 drillship was being placed at a site off the coast of Sarawak state when one leg of the jack-up rig penetrated the soil, according to owner Velesto Energy Bhd (VELE.KL). No drilling had begun.

A total of 101 employees were transferred to rescue vessels, according to Velesto, which said it had begun an investigation and was evaluating recovery options. Jack-up rigs are generally designed to work in shallow waters.