Saudi Arabian Oil : Malaysia’s Petronas hopes to restart Pengerang refinery by year-end

October 6, 2021

Dateline 2021-09-26, Market Screener:

Malaysia’s Petronas hopes to restart its Pengerang refinery-petrochemical complex, a joint venture with Saudi Aramco, by year end, Arif Mahmood, Petronas’ executive vice president and CEO of downstream, said at the Platts APPEC 2021 conference.
The 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery complex in Johor was shut in March 2020 following a deadly fire. The Malaysian state energy firm in February delayed the restart of the complex to the second half of 2021 from the first.

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.

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.

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.

PETRONAS, Aramco launch joint ventures in Malaysia

June 28, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-16, Saudi Gazette:

Nasional Berhad (Petronas), the national oil company of Malaysia and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) Moday launched “PRefChem”, the corporate identity for their joint ventures in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) located in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. PRefChem comprises Pengerang Refining Company Sdn Bhd (PRefChem Refining) and Pengerang Petrochemical Company Sdn Bhd (PRefChem Petrochemical), both will be collectively known as “PRefChem”.

Petronas and Saudi Aramco had earlier in March 2018 concluded the Share Purchase Agreement for equal ownership and participation in the operations of the refinery, cracker and selected petrochemical facilities in the PIC.

Saudi Aramco finalizes refinery deal with Malaysia’s Petronas

June 2, 2018

Only now?

Dateline 2018-03-28, Reuters:

Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARMO.SE] finalised a deal on Wednesday with Malaysian state energy company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to invest in a refinery project off Malaysia.

Saturday Star 2011-02-19 – Job Opportunities

February 21, 2011

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First off, if you need my help to submit your CVs, donate to the blog, and I’ll review your CV to see if it is worthy of my (and my associates’) expectations. If you can’t figure out how to donate, no need to ask.

  • Murphy has a two page spread, so I guess they must be doing something right. On engineering, they are looking for a senior reservoir eng, senior well intervention engineer (in case internecine well war breaks out), senior production engineer/production technologist, instrument engineer, snr metering engineer, engineering manager, technical assistant (bring your own slide rule?). Send your applications here.
  • Saudi Aramaco is looking for a drilling foreman and supervisors. Call Scott, Recruitment Representative at +44 20 7632 4967 (Use Skype to keep those charges low, or take a vacation to visit my university), or apply here.
  • ExxonMobil is looking for a wellwork supervisor. Apply here.
  • I see that QatarGas is looking for people.They are looking for a Hydrocarbon Allocation Officer (“You methane stand there, don’t flirt with the ethane”), Snr Hydrocarbon Allocations Engineer, Lead Production and Sales Planner. Apply here. or snail mail to Uzma Engineering, No. 68 & 70 Fraser Business Park, Jalan Metro Pudu 2, Off Jln Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur.
  • Where’s the advert for Mustang Energy? Do they think they can waltz into Malaysia, and do all their engineering out of Houston?

Some books that will perk your interest in the oil & gas industry. Anyone want to make the movie “What Went Wrong?”

Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production (2nd Edition) The History of the Standard Oil Company, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint) What Went Wrong?, Fifth Edition: Case Histories of Process Plant Disasters and How They Could Have Been Avoided (Butterworth-Heinemann/IChemE)

Saturday Star 2010-06-12 – Job Opportunities

June 14, 2010

 Support me by purchasing my recommendations, or buying through my Amazon store.

First off, if you need my help to submit your CVs, donate to the blog, and I’ll review your CV to see if it is worthy of my (and my associates’) expectations. If you can’t figure out how to donate, no need to ask.

  • There is an opening as admin staff at Synergy. We are also looking for someone with the ability and personality to fill up the position as a permanent member of the family. To balance things out, we’re focusing on competant female applicants.
  • Shell is looking for people, though mostly in the subsurface department. Didn’t they just go through a rightsizing exercise? I guess they got rid of some deadwood, and need to fill those shoes. Visit and select Job Search & Apply → Job Search for Professionals → Region → Asia → Malaysia. The ad asks you to quote reference DVT035C, but you know you should quote ‘’.
  • Saudi Aramco (actually Saudi Aramco Total) has a full page advert. go Visit
  • Wow, Dayang Enterprise Sdn Bhd (known affectionately as Dayang to us Esso old timers) is looking for a mess of people. I congratulate them on winning whatever support contract that requires so many people.  Apply here or  here. Or snail mail before 18th June to HR Manager, Dayang Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Sublot 5-10, Lot 46, Block 10, Jalan Taman Raja (Hilltop), Miri Concession Land District, P.O. Box 1134, 98000 Miri, Sarawak.
  • Optimal (tagline Optimise your Career Potential) is looking for a Production Technician. Hmmm, do you Kertehians want to apply? Visit their website, or apply here.
  • Expro (“Well Flow Management”) is looking for a Operator / Senior Operator Well Testing, Drill Stem Test (DST) Operator. Apply here.
  • SPIE is looking for a expeditor and buyer (cool, one to cut a PO, the other to chase up, kinda like a tag team). visit their site to apply.

Going back to the basics of chemical engineering, here are some texts I referred to, in an attempt to grasp the fundamentals of chem eng back in my Part I and Part II days. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer: With Applications in Chemical and Mechanical Process Engineering (out of print, written by one of my lecturers). Introductory texts to Gas Processing would be John M Campbell’s Gas Conditioning and Processing V. 1: The Basic Principles, Gas Conditioning and Processing V. 2: The Equipment Modules, which you get if you attend the course.

Saturday Star 2009-12-05 – Job Opportunities

December 7, 2009

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  • Saudi Aramco and Total have created SATORP, I see. They are looking for mass balance technicians – snr, midterm pilot panner, process eng, performance control engineer, process control eng, scheduling eng, oil accounting eng… hey, looks like they need quite a few people in the hydrocarbon allocation department. Apply to Melorita
  • Tompel is looking for a senior drilling supervisor.