Petronas calls for tender RAPID Package 8 EPCC
The Malaysia national oil company (NOC) Petronas has sent the invitation to bid (ITB) to the pre-qualified engineering companies for the Package 8 of the Refinery And Petrochemicals Integrated Development (RAPID) project despite the one year delay announced earlier.
This RAPID project is strategic for Malaysia as it will increase the local added value from the production of hydrocarbons and it will reduce the import of corresponding petrochemical products to supply its transformation industry.
This RAPID Refinery and integrated petrochemical complex should include 28 major production units in beginning with 300,000 b/d refinery.
To be located in Pengerang, Johor, in front of Singapore, this refinery should produce:
– Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards gasoline and Diesel
With this naphtha, the RAPID Refinery will feed the 3 million t/y steam cracker.
Then the RAPID Petrochemical complex will produce series of monomers and polymers such as:
– C4 and C5 Olefins
– Ethylene Oxide (EO)
– Elastomers and Isobutanol
– Bis-Phenol -A (BPA)
– Lubricants additives
Pengerang LNG Terminal awarded to Dialog Group
Then to support the project Petronas signed several technology agreements with number of companies including:
– Evonik for the production of 250,000 t/y of Hydrogen peroxide, 220,000 t/y of isononanol, 110,000 t/y of 1-butene
– Jacobs Leiden for three sulfur recovery units
Regarding the RAPID Package 8, the EPCC contract should include the:
– Cumene unit
– Phenol unit
– Bis-Phenol-A (BPA) unit
This phenol is one of the most common building blocks of the petrochemical industry for polyamides – nylons, polycarbonates and phenolic resins.
– LNG Terminal and regasification project
– Gas-Fired Power plant with 1300 MW capacity.
This Pengerang LNG Terminal project will receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Petronas offshore gas fields under development to supply the gas-fired power plant to provide feedstock for the petrochemical complex.
While Petronas is planning to take the final investment decision (FID) in March 2014, the RAPID Petrochemical Complex may face one year delay to 2017 because of the local infrastructures taking more time than expected to be accommodated to receive such large project.