Malaysia’s Petronas Chemicals pins hopes on Saudi Aramco JV

April 13, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-25, NikkeiAsia:

 Malaysia’s Petronas Chemicals Group is pinning its hopes on a long-awaited $16 billion Saudi-backed refinery and petrochemical project as it seeks to boost slumping profits while investigating possible new acquisitions, its top executive told Nikkei Asia.

The Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) joint venture in the southern state of Johor is a portion of the larger $27 billion Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex mooted in 2012. Saudi Aramco — Saudi Arabia’s national oil producer — is to supply half of the crude feedstock for the refining portion and share half of the output.


Malaysia’s Petronas delays Pengerang restart, sees challenging year

March 15, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-26, The Straits Times:

Malaysia’s Petronas on Friday (Feb 26) delayed the launch of its Pengerang Integrated Complex until the second half of the year from the first, but dismissed rumours partner Saudi Aramco was looking to exit the US$27 billion (S$36 billion) project.

The state oil firm Petronas said it faced another challenging year after booking a RM1.1 billion (S$361 million) loss for the final quarter of 2020, its third quarterly loss in a row, though higher prices and demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) helped.

The world’s fourth-biggest LNG exporter had earned a profit of RM4.1 billion for the October-December quarter a year earlier.


Petronas nears restart at Malaysia’s Pengerang refinery

December 19, 2020

You mean, it has not been operating since the March 2020 fire? How many heads have rolled? Wait, where’s my list of ‘get out of jail free’ C-level listing?

Dateline 2020-11-30, Argus Media:

Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas is on course to restart its 300,000 b/d Pengerang refinery joint venture with state-controlled Saudi Aramco in the first quarter of 2021, adding more capacity to a struggling Asia-Pacific refining market.

The Pengerang complex in southern Malaysia has been shut since a fire in March. Petronas said late last week that the project is transitioning to commercial operations and a restart of the refinery and petrochemical plants is planned for the first quarter of next year, in line with previous expectations.

The project’s atmospheric residue desulphurisation trains are also expected to be ready for start-up in the first quarter. Repairs are continuing on the diesel hydrotreater, which is targeted to come on line in October-December 2021. Aramco owns a 50pc stake in the project and will supply half of its crude, with the option to increase this to 70pc once the refinery is fully commissioned.


Petronas: Easier access to cleaner energy with virtual pipeline system

October 9, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-08, The Star:

 As part of the company’s latest customer-centric solution to facilitate the growth of cleaner energy use across Peninsular Malaysia, Petronas recently launched the Virtual Pipeline System (VPS) solution via the Regasification Terminal (RGT) in Pengerang, Johor.

The VPS solution that was developed by the Gas & Power business of Gas and New Energy and marketed by Petronas Dagangan Bhd, delivers Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) using trucks fitted with cryogenic tanks to off-grid customers.

Through the VPS solution, Petronas provides industries in Peninsular Malaysia that are not connected to the natural gas infrastructure with an option to switch to gas as an alternative form of cleaner energy.


PIPC in Pengerang is open for business

September 24, 2020

Dateline 2020-08-28, Malaysian Reserve:

Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) sits on a 22,000-acre area in Pengerang, to the south-east of Malaysia’s Johor state. The PIPC is designed to accommodate downstream oil and gas industrial facilities such as refineries and petrochemical plants, deep-water terminal and storage tanks, naphtha crackers, regasification plants and supporting facilities, as well as manufacturing plants and industrial parks.

To be developed over four phases from 2012 to 2037, the PIPC covers both core and non-core downstream activities. Included in the PIPC master plan are designated areas for related support services such as a plastic and fine chemicals park, a light and medium industrial park, a waste management center, an emergency response center, a logistics hub, a commercial hub and others.


Pengerang to be major downstream hub for oil and gas

August 31, 2020

Dateline 2020-06-21

I see bro Yazid in the photo (obligatory name dropping).

Pengerang Industrial Park near Kota Tinggi will become the premier regional hub for downstream processing of oil and gas, Johor officials said today.

Johor Corporation said in a statement that it had identified about RM17.4 billion in potential investments, involving aromatics, petrochemicals and support services for oil and gas industries.

Among the products expected to be produced are raw materials for the manufacture of various plastic products for industrial use, car components, paint, engine coolant, synthetic fibre, and products for consumer needs.


Five dead in fire at Petronas-Aramco petrochemicals complex in Johor

May 5, 2020

You know, I think setup up public 24/7 internet HD cams facing the site would be a thing by now.

Dateline 2020-03-16, CNA:

A fire and explosion on Sunday night (Mar 15) killed five people at a refining and petrochemicals complex in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.

Another person sustained 70 per cent burns, Pauzan Ahmad, an official with the Johor state fire and rescue department, said on Monday.

The incident occurred at the diesel hydro treater unit in the Pengerang complex owned by Petronas and Saudi Aramco, Pauzan said, adding that the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Pauzan said the Johor state operations centre received an emergency call about the fire at about 11.20pm.


Fire, explosion at Petronas’ oil refining complex at Pengerang

May 3, 2020

Dateline 2020-03-16, The Edge:

A fire and explosion occurred at the Pengerang refining and petrochemicals complex in southern Malaysia, state news agency Bernama reported on Monday, citing the Petronas-Saudi Aramco joint venture that runs the operation.

The incident occurred on Sunday night and an emergency response team has been activated, Bernama reported.

“The situation is under control,” Bernama said, citing a statement. The news agency did not report any injuries or damage.

Petronas directed queries to the joint venture company Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem), which has not responded to a Reuters request for comment.


Saudi Aramco stands by Malaysia mega-refinery, Petronas says

November 19, 2019

Dateline 2019-09-20, Nikkei Asian Review:

Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas said on Friday that recent attacks on a key Saudi oil facility will not affect Saudi Aramco’s $7 billion investment in a refinery complex in the southern state of Johor.

Saudi Aramco acquired a 50% stake in the Rapid project’s refinery and cracker plants in 2017, agreeing to supply up to 70% of the crude feedstock for the refinery operations, which are scheduled to begin commercial production later this year.

“We do not foresee any impact on supplies to Rapid from Saudi Aramco,” Petronas President and CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.


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.