January 20, 2020
Dateline 2019-11-21, Reuters:
State oil company Petronas said its massive refinery and petrochemicals complex in southern Malaysia, a $27-billion joint venture with Saudi Aramco, will start commercial operations as planned by the end of the year, dismissing a report of a delay.
The refinery’s atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit, hit by a fire in April, will begin operation by mid-2020, Petronas said in an email late on Wednesday.
“Petronas would like to clarify that its Pengerang Integrated Complex is in the middle of start-up activities and expected, as planned, to be in commercial operations by end of 2019,” it told Reuters.
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.
July 17, 2019
Dateline 2019-06-19, The Edge:
Malaysian state oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd or Petronas, and Saudi Aramco, have started operations at their new 1.2-million-tonnes-per-year naphtha cracker, multiple sources familiar the matter said on Wednesday.
The sources added that naphtha was imported this month specifically for the cracker, which had started recently though, an exact time frame could not be confirmed.
Petronas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
July 13, 2019
I wonder if there is a target per capita fuel usage cap.
Dateline 2019-06-18, Malay Mail:
The US$16 billion (RM66 billion) Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Johor is set to begin operations somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2019, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
He said the project would turn Malaysia into a net exporter of refined fuels for the first time since 2008.
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.
April 26, 2019
Dateline 2019-03-13, Reuters:
Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas expects to start offering oil products from its new refining-petrochemical complex in April as the project moves toward full commercial production in October, a senior company official said.
The initial products would not meet commercial specification yet as trial runs are still under way, Arif Mahmood, Petronas’ executive vice president and CEO of downstream, said on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.
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.