Pengerang, Malaysia is the designated site for RAPID—Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Project—a mega-sized refinery and energy-focused industrial and petrochemical complex. RAPID was launched to boost Malaysia’s future energy needs, economic growth and to establish Petronas’ position as a key player in the Asian chemicals market.
The 2,526-hectare site in Pengerang, Johor, is part of the Johor State’s Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC).
Petronas, Malaysia’s state owned oil company, has awarded 11 contracts for the PIC portion of the development. The PIC development includes the refinery and petrochemical integrated development complex and its associated facilities including the Pengerang Co-generation Plant (PCP), re-gasification terminal 2 (RGT2), air separation unit (ASU), raw water supply project (PAMER) and crude and product tanks (SPV2). Five of the contracts were focused on engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) for the refinery and steam cracker component of the project, according to the Malay Mail.
PetroGlobal News reports the PIPC will have a 300 MBOPD refining capacity, 5 million cubic meters crude oil and LNG storage capacity and a co-generation plant connected to Malaysia’s national power grid. The complex will house oil refineries, naphtha crackers, a petrochemical plant, an LNG import terminal and regasification plant, and a gas pipeline.
The proposed refinery will supply naphtha and liquid petroleum gas feedstock for the RAPID petrochemical complex, as well as produce gasoline and diesel that meet European specifications, according to EPC Engineer. The petrochemical units will upgrade the olefinic streams coming from the RAPID steam cracker by producing various merchant grades of petrochemical products such as polyethylene, polypropylene, synthetic rubbers and other petrochemicals products, EPC said.
Petronas expects the refinery to start up in 2019.
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