IEM Shout Out – 2019-07 Technical Visit to Technical Visit to LNG Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP)

June 13, 2019

My technical division will be hosting a visit on the 22nd July, 2019.

The Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP) is under the purview of Petronas Gas Berhad (PGB), a public-listed company on Bursa Malaysia. PGB operates and maintains the offshore Regasification Terminal in Sungai Udang, Melaka (RGTSU) and the onshore Regasification Terminal in Pengerang, Johor (RGTP).

RGTP provides primary gas supply to RAPID, Pengerang Co-Generation Plant (PCP) and the Peninsular Gas Utilization (PGU) pipeline grid to augment the availability of gas in the country. RGTP offers Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) unloading and reloading, storage, handling and regasification.

The plant has a capacity of 3.5 mtpa (million-tonnes per annum) and began its commercial operation in 2017. The plant receives LNG vessels carrying LNG imported from around the world, store it in storage tanks and convert the LNG into gas, before injecting it into the PGU pipeline grid for distribution to customers.

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Malaysia’s Petronas refinery fire turns up heat on Asian petroleum markets

June 2, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-12, S&P Global:

A fire and explosion early Friday at Malaysia’s Pengerang Integrated Complex, operated by national oil company Petronas, rippled through regional petroleum markets including crude oil, refined products, petrochemicals and liquefied natural gas, due to the sheer scale of the project.

The downstream project includes the 300,000 b/d refinery and petrochemical facility, operated by Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical or PRefChem, a joint venture between state-run Petronas and Saudi Aramco. It is one of the largest greenfield refineries to be built in Southeast Asia in recent years.

The incident comes a few months after Petronas started up the Pengerang refinery’s crude distillation unit in January, having predicted commercial operations by the fourth quarter of the year. It was supposed to ramp up production of refined products including gasoline and diesel, and petrochemicals feedstock in the coming months.


Fire at Petronas’ RAPID oil refinery quickly tamed

May 28, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-12, Reuters:

A fire was brought under control early on Friday after an explosion at a Malaysian oil refinery being developed by state oil firm Petronas, which was testing its facilities ahead of planned commercial operations later this year.

RAPID, or Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development, will anchor the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) and is Petronas’ biggest domestic investment, made in a 50-50 partnership with Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Aramco.

The explosion and fire occurred at about 1:25 a.m. on Friday (1725 GMT on Thursday) at the plant’s atmospheric residue desulphurisation unit (ARDS), which is in its commissioning stage, Petronas said in an updated statement.


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.


Analysis: Malaysia’s RAPID to boost Asia’s product supply and Saudi crude oil flows

February 11, 2019

Dateline 2019-01-23, S&P Global:

The start-up of the 300,000 b/d Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development, or RAPID, project in Malaysia will boost Asia’s refining capacity growth in 2019, increase Saudi crude inflows to the region and add to the supply of refined petroleum products.

The RAPID facility, operated by Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical or PRefChem, a joint venture between state-run Petronas and Saudi Aramco, is among the largest greenfield oil refineries to start operations in Southeast Asia in recent years, supplementing the existing refining hub in adjacent Singapore.


Aramco, Petronas near startup of Malaysia’s RAPID refinery

February 4, 2019

Dateline 2019-01-04, Oil & Gas Journal:

The jointly held Saudi AramcoPetronas $27-28 billion Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in southeastern Johor, Malaysia, is preparing for official startup of Pengerang Refining & Petrochemical (PRefChem) subsidiary Pengerang Refining Co. Sdn. Bhd.’s 300,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) project (OGJ Online, Mar. 29, 2018).

Mechanical completion at PIC’s RAPID project was achieved on Nov. 29, 2018, and all critical units under contractor Petrofac Ltd.’s scope have now started commissioning activities in advance of the fire up of the refinery’s crude distillation unit later this month, the service provider said.


Malaysia’s Petronas completes first LNG bunkering operation at Pengerang

December 17, 2018

Dateline 2018-11-02, SPGlobal:

Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas has completed its first LNG bunkering operation at the Pengerang LNG terminal, an achievement that reaffirms the company’s efforts to compete in a key growing segment, where neighboring Singapore has invested heavily.