IEM Shout Out – 2019-11 Technical Visit to Lynas

October 3, 2019

My technical division (and others) will be hosting a visit on the 2nd November, 2019.

Lynas Corporation Ltd is an Australian Stock Exchange 200 listed company. Its strategy is to create a reliable, fully integrated source of Rare Earths from mine through to market, and to become the benchmark for the security of supply and environmental standards in the global Rare Earths industry. Rare Earths are moderately abundant group of 15 metallic elements known as the Lanthanide series. These Rare Earths are playing a pivotal role in greenhouse gas reduction, are enablers of digital technology and its miniaturisation and are also supporting the uptake of energy efficient initiatives.

Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), situated in Kuantan, Pahang is a state-of-the-art Rare Earths processing plant that process Rare Earths sourced from Mount Weld in Western Australia, the richest known deposit of Rare Earths in the world. The visit aims to enlighten participants of the properties of Rare Earths, their use and the daily operational aspects of LAMP.

PERNEPA ENGINEERING & MARITIME SERVICES SDN BHD (PEMS) 

Pernepa Engineering & Maritime Services Sdn Bhd (Persatuan Nelayan Pahang) (Kuantan Slipway) is providing complete facilities for building, repair and maintenance of medium size commercial, leisure and administrative vessel.

Participants will be familiarised among others, with the various types of vessel docking and new building, the facilities and services provided by the company.

Register here, or download the form here.


Petronas-Saudi joint venture to restart crude unit at Malaysia refinery in July: sources

August 8, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-29, Reuters:

Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PrefChem), a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Aramco, is expected to restart a crude distillation unit at its oil refinery in Malaysia in July, three sources familiar with the matter said.

The Pengerang Refining development, part of Petronas’ $27 billion Pengerang Integrated Complex, consists of a 300,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) oil refinery and a petrochemical complex with a production capacity of 7.7 million tonnes per year in the southern Malaysian state of Johor.

The refinery stopped trial runs in April for safety checks after a fire occurred at the atmospheric residue desulfurization (ARDS) unit.

 


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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Register here, or download the form here.


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.