The construction works for the US$16bil (RM60.3bil) Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project, part of the US$17bil (RM101.7bil) Pengerang Integrated Complex in Johor, have commenced.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said in a statement on Friday that the steel cutting for Rapid’s steam cracker complex (SCC) on June 15 marked the start of construction works for the Rapid project.
Held at a local fabrication facility in Pengerang, Johor, the steel-cutting ceremony was officiated by Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Corp Sdn Bhd senior vice-president and chief executive officer Dr Colin Wong Hee Huing. Also present were Toyo Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd managing director Toji Kawakami and Toyo Engineering Corp Japan’s project manager Takashi Iguchi.
Wong noted in his speech that the SCC project involved a number of large equipment and machinery such as 18 mounded bullet tanks and three large pressure vessels with an extensive weight of about 15,000 tonnes.
“These massive storage facilities are an integral part of SCC which is also the biggest single steel fabrication work to be carried out by the Toyo consortium,” he said.
The engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for the SCC project was competitively awarded to the consortium of Toyo Engineering Corp and Toyo Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd on July 18, 2014.
The SCC comprises an ethylene production plant, pyrolysis gasoline plant, butadiene extraction plant, benzene separation plant, MTBE production plant as well as utility and offsite facilities.
PIC is progressing as planned with the first refinery start-up targeted for the first quarter of 2019 and the project’s commercial operations expected by middle of 2019.
“Petronas remains steadfast in forging ahead with the development of Rapid project and PIC-associated facilities including the Pengerang co-generation plant, re-gasification terminal 2, air separation unit, raw water supply project (PAMER) as well as crude and product tanks terminal (SPV2),” it said.