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PETRONAS to develop RAPID (Refining, Petchem) project
May '11
PETRONAS, in a move to expand its petrochemicals business and further spur the growth of Malaysia's oil and gas downstream sector, plans to embark on a new integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in Southern Johor.

The new development, to be known as RAPID (Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development), was announced by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak at the PETRONAS Twin Towers.

Still at the detailed feasibility study stage, RAPID is estimated to cost about US$20 billion and will comprise a crude oil refinery with a 300,000 barrels per day capacity, a naphtha cracker that will produce about three million tonnes of ethylene, propylene, C4 and C5 olefins per year, and a petrochemicals and polymer complex that will produce differentiated and highly-specialised chemicals.

Greater in scale and scope than that of PETRONAS' Melaka, Kertih and Gebeng complexes combined, the proposed development is expected to turn Southern Johor into another major petroleum and petrochemical centre in the region. The area has been identified because of its strategic location, being near deepwater port facilities, international shipping lanes and regional demand centres. The project is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016.

PETRONAS' President and CEO Dato' Shamsul Azhar Abbas said: “Looking ahead, RAPID is expected to attract significant investments from international companies within and further down the business value chain, underscoring our long-standing practice of forming mutually beneficial partnerships.” “We are proud to be involved in this new phase of nation-building to put Malaysia into a new frontier of technology and economic development,” he added.

The international companies' participation and their corresponding technological expertise and presence in dynamic global markets are expected to help create an excellent training ground for locals. This would not only benefit the new generation of oil and petrochemical professionals, but also the new breed of product scientists, engineers and businessmen who would further drive the growth of the sector, in line with the Government's aspiration to turn Malaysia into a leading petroleum industry centre in the region.

To support the development of RAPID, PETRONAS is also looking at the possibility of building a new liquefied natural gas receiving and re-gasification terminal in the area. The facility will not only support the energy needs of the complex but will also contribute to the efforts to diversify the sources of gas supply to meet existing and future gas demand in Peninsular Malaysia.


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