Marketing Rounds – IChemE RPSS

September 23, 2015

The IChemE in Malaysia just had its Regional Process Safety Seminar (RPSS) in KL, from August 18th to 19th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. I turned up for one of their sessions.

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IChemE Malaysia Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2014

December 10, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the awards! I hope to be inspired by them.

PETRONAS’ skills expansion to be supported by IChemE

September 20, 2014

Should be the IEM, yeah?

Dateline 2014-07-04, Process and Control Today:

PETRONAS has become the first organisation in Malaysia to receive accreditation for its company training scheme by global professional body, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia, currently employs more than 30,000 employees group-wide, including 3,500 chemical engineers. It plans to grow rapidly over the next few years, including building the USD16 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project.

PETRONAS expects it will need additional chemical engineers to support its expansion and in recent years has been working closely with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), to develop its own world-class and globally recognised training scheme.

In June 2014, PETRONAS achieved a major milestone in its skills development strategy with formal accreditation by IChemE for its internal company training scheme called Accelerated Capability Development (ACD) for Chemical Engineering.

IChemE 5th Regional Process Safety Seminar

June 4, 2014

The  IChemE 5th Regional Process Safety Seminar was held in Miri Marriot Spa & Resort, Miri Sarawak, Malaysia on the 22nd April, 2014. I hope the attendees were entertained and energised by my 5 minute presentation.

The following are my quick notes of the Q&A session are as follows (all misunderstandings are mine):

Keynote address: Process Safety Matters – why chemical engineers must lead the way in getting the right safety priorities on the agenda.
Keynote speaker: Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of HSE, Britain.

  • Leading indicators are important. For example, number of temporary measures to address process / hardware failures, amount of delayed maintenance.
  • Number of Loss of Containment (LOC) incidents is not an indicator of process safety.
  • Q: Transfer of UK HSE knowledge wholesale to Malaysia.
  • Q: What is the best model to achieve safe operations, is it voluntary and regulatory regulations, and where does the safety case fit in?
  • Q: How best to share safety information. Are legal/ commercial concerns stemming the flow of information?
  • Q: Options on building a reporting culture in Malaysia and Asia.

Paper 1: Process Safety Implementation – Challenges and Success Stories
Speaker: Dr. Bea Ponnudurai, Head, Group HSE Division, PETRONAS.

  •  Information transfer between Gen Y and earlier generations. Gen Y may have a problem communicating.

Paper 2: I Get The Case for Safety – What About The Safety Case; what senior leaders need to know and do to ensure the robust implementation of the Safety Case
Speaker: Martin W. Iversen AFIChemE, Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Operational Assurance Manager, Talisman.

  • Q: How do you make a safety case for things that have never happened before?
  • Q: Challenge ourselves in creating these hypothetical cases, get external input.
  • Q: How do I implement and prioritize a Remedial Action Plan?

Paper 3: Getting The Balance Right – or Feel The Strain
Speaker: Paul Heierman-Rix, Principal Consultant, MMI Engineering.

  • Suggest independent review of the safety cases, i.e. other than the author (I like).
  • Are the Safety Case and COMAH similar, what are the differences? Suggest principles are the same.

Paper 4: Incidents That Happened That Blamed Human Error
Speaker: Roger Ainsworth CEng CSci CEnv FIChemE, General Manager, Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd.

  • How do we treat old plants? They should be given more supervision and attention then new ones.

Paper 5: Using The Success Of Operational Safety “Life Saving Rules” Into Process Safety
Speaker: Willem Peuscher, HSE Delivery Manager, Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production.

  • Q: Incident happens at least expected times. How do we account for this? Focus on key messages and life saving rules.
  • Full enforcement of life saving rules.


QUILL-PETRONAS Team Wins IChemE Award for Ionic Material to Remove Hazardous Mercury

January 7, 2014

Dateline 2013-11-11, Azom (?):

The project by Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL), in collaboration with Malaysian oil and gas giant PETRONAS, was the major winner at the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Awards. As well as collecting the award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering, the team won the Sustainable Technology Award and Chemical Engineering Project of the year, marking it out as the best chemical engineering project for innovation in waste reduction.


This is The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer with Professor Jim Swindall, Co-founder of QUILL and Paul Haworth, Chief Process Engineer at Sellafield Ltd. Credit: Queen’s University Belfast


The QUILL and PETRONAS team were presented with their awards by The Apprentice star and Countdown host Nick Hewer at the awards ceremony in Bolton.

QUILL scientists beat off competition from companies and universities around the globe to win the awards. Their lab, the first of its kind in the world, developed a new ionic liquid material to remove hazardous mercury from natural gas. Ionic liquids or ‘super solvents’ are salts that remain liquid at room temperature and do not release hazardous vapours. They can be used as non-polluting (green) alternatives to conventional solvents, and are revolutionising chemical processes by offering a much more environmentally friendly and sustainable solution than traditional methods.

Shout Out: IChemE

February 9, 2012

The Institution of Chemical Engineers will be holding a presentation on the 20th Feb, 2012. Go just to see Mr. Mustafa Mahmood.

The topic

The presentation will discuss the aspects of flow assurance challenges associated with deepwater subsea developments, particularly for long subsea tie-back projects.

Often one of the main operating concerns for deepwater subsea developments is hydrates and how best to operate outside the hydrate region. Flow assurance challenges often occur at the end of field life at low flowrates and how to extend the field life. However in order to optimise the MEG system (storage and process capacity) as well as addressing slugging and well start-up for late field life, flow assurance needs to be done in the design phase. This presentation highlights and addresses these issues.

The speaker

Mustafa Mahmood MIChemE has 23 years’ experience in conceptual and detail design of onshore / offshore projects. He is currently Flow Assurance Manager on deepwater developments at Intecsea and developing the Flow Assurance Team for South East Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of subsea process design and flow assurance for deepwater projects and was lead flow assurance engineer for subsea gas-condensate pipelines for an LNG project in Australia.

The venue

The event will take place at the Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Registration form here.

Shout out – IChemE AGM

February 24, 2011
IChemE Malaysia Branch Annual General Meeting

12 March 2011

NOTICE is hereby given of an ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING as follows:

12 March 2011

09:00 – Refreshments or breakfast

09:30 – AGM commences



University of Malaya,

Engineering Tower, Faculty of Engineering, Level 4, Bilik Persidangan

How to get there – click here


Presentation of board’s annual report
Presentation and approval of the accounts of preceding financial year
Report by external auditors
Election of board members for year 2012 (1 Jan – 31 Dec 2012)
Election of honorary auditors
Constitution amendments
Any other matters properly brought forward

In accordance with Article 8.5 of the Constitution of the IChemE Malaysia Branch:

‘Any member who wishes to place an item on the agenda of a general meeting may do so provided he gives written notice to the Honorary Secretary seven (7) days before the meeting is due to be held.’


There is no cost to attend – we hope to see you there.



Jan Althorp

Executive Director
Australia & Asia Pacific
on behalf of:

Yap Yih Yiu, CEng MIChemE

Honorary Secretary

IChemE Malaysia Branch

Appended with this notice:

  1. Draft copy of previous AGM minutes
  2. Board’s annual report
  3. List of vacant posts for year 2012
  4. Constitution and proposed constitution amendments

Click here for the draft copy of previous AGM minutes

Click here for the board’s annual report
Click here for the list of vacant posts for year 2012

Click here for the constitution
Click here for the proposed constitution amendments

The audited annual accounts and report by external auditors will be made available at the AGM.

Date of notice: 3 March 2011

IChemE Shout Out – AGM

March 13, 2010

<NOTICE is hereby given of an ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING as follows

Date: Saturday 20th March 2010


  • 09.00 am – Refreshments/Breakfast
  • 09.30 am – AGM commences
Venue: University Of Malaya
DK1 Faculty of Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan)
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Click here to link to the UM map:
(DK1 lecture theatre is at Block A Biomedical / Bioperubatan. As soon as you take the left turn slope to the Engineering Faculty, the Biomedical/ Bioperubatan Block A can be seen on the right. Once you park and get into the main foyer, the lecture theatre can be accessed on the far right of this block. You need to take the staircase up).


  • Presentation of Board’s Annual Report Presentation and approval of the accounts of preceding financial year
  • Report by External Auditors
  • Election of Board Members for year 2011 (1st Jan – 31st Dec 2011)
  • Election of Honorary Auditors
  • Constitution amendments
  • Any other matters properly brought forward

Notes: Members are to take note that in accordance with Article 8.5 of the Constitution of the IChemE Malaysia Branch,

Any member who wishes to place an item on the agenda of a General Meeting may do so provided he gives written notice to the Honorary Secretary seven (7) days before the meeting is due to be held.

Shout Out – IChemE EGM

December 1, 2009

The Institution of Chemical Engineers Malaysia is sending out  a notice of an extraordinary general meeting on the 5th December, 2009. Details are:

  • Time: 09.00 am
  • Venue: Bilik Mesyuarat,  Ground Floor,  Fakulti Kejuruteraan & Alam Bina,
  • UKM Bangi
  • Agenda: Constitution amendments

The constitution amendment is to raise the annual subscription of members. For a member like me, the cost of my subscription goes up by 20+%. Guess which way I’ll vote?

Optimal – A Fully PETRONAS Company

September 9, 2009

I can’t find this news on any Malaysian news site. I first read about it in the TCE:

TO further ease its debts, Dow Chemical has agreed to sell its stake in Optimal to Malaysian partner Petronas for $660m.

 I pulled an extract from Project Finance International (subscribers only):

Dow has recently sold its entire stake in Malaysia-based Optimal Group of Companies to Petroliam Nasional (PETRONAS).

From Optimal’s history page, there are only two investors, UCC (now part of DOW) and PETRONAS.

I remember when Optimal was sucking up the Kerteh workforce with higher pay and better compensation. They opened up an international school in Kerteh, to cater for the (highly paid) expats who came in for the first 2 years. They also closed the school when the expats left, so you know it wasn’t meant as a service to local staff, even those who could afford it.

So, does this mean that the current Optimal salary, wages and benefits (SWB) will be in line with the rest of PETRONAS? Is there going to be an exodus of talent from Optimal to … don’t think there are other high-paying jobs around the KIPP (Kawasan Industry Petroliam PETRONAS), so we’ll see another exodus overseas.