Petronas installs biggest EO reactors at PIC

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by TMR

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has installed the biggest ethylene oxide (EO) reactors for its refinery which is under construction within the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), Johor.

Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corp Sdn Bhd senior VP and CEO Dr Colin Wong Hee Huing said by August 2017, the overall completion of PIC has reached 74.3%.

“The successful installation of the reactors signifies that the PIC project is on track to achieve the first refinery startup in the first quarter (1Q) of 2019,” he said in a statement yesterday.

All parties involved in the project were asked to remain vigilant towards upholding Health, Safety, Security and Environment standards under any circumstances.

Wong and Samsung Engineering Co Ltd president and CEO Park Choong Heum both witnessed the installation of the reactors.

Each of the EO reactors measures up to 7.4m in diametre, 25.5m high and weighs 1,202 tonnes, making it one the biggest reactors in the world.

With an investment of US$27 billion (RM114.32 billion) on a single site of 2,526ha, the Refnery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in the middle of PIC will contain a petrochemical complex with a combined 3.61 million metric tonnes (MT) per year production capacity and 300,000 barrels per day refinery.

The site also includes associated facilities such as 3.5 million MT per year re-gassification terminal, 1,220MW co-generation plant, deep water terminal, air separation unit and raw water supply.

The Rapid project is expected to begin operations by 2019’s 1Q, also a large project signed between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.