Petronas’ PIC polymer product warehouse biggest in the country

By SHAZNI ONG / pic by TMR File

Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) recently made it into the Malaysia Book of Records when its polymer product warehouse was recognised as the biggest automated clad-rack warehouse in the country.

The state oil company said in a statement yesterday, the warehouse which features the innovative automated storage and retrieval system technology, is also South-East Asia’s first fully automated clad-rack warehouse to be built for the petrochemical industry.

“It is fully equipped to support PIC’s annual petrochemical production capacity in meeting the region’s growing petrochemical demand, being the largest and tallest of such facility in Malaysia, measuring over 40m in height, 134m in width and 171m in length,” the statement read.

The warehouse is capable of holding a 21-day storage inventory, or 127 kilotonnes of polymer products and is well-positioned to support PIC’s projected annual production of 3.3 metric tonnes per annum of petrochemical products once the complex is fully operational.

The PIC, which is developed by Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corp Sdn Bhd (PRPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the state oil company, has also achieved the first delivery of polymer products from the warehouse for the domestic market after its first delivery for the international market on April 10.

PRPC senior VP and CEO Dr Colin Wong Hee Huing (picture) said the PIC has attained a total of nine national records for various categories with the latest recognition.

“We are also encouraged to witness the first delivery of polymer products for the domestic market, with a batch of linear low-density polyethylene and polypropylene products bound for Batu Pahat,” he said.

The refinery, with a refining capacity of 300,000 barrels of crude per day, will produce a range of refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel that meet Euro 5 fuel specifications, as well as to provide feedstock for the integrated petrochemical complex within PIC.

The refinery and selected petrochemical plants within the PIC are owned and operated by Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical, a strategic alliance between Petronas and Saudi Arabian Oil Co, Saudi Aramco, through an equal partnership in two joint-venture companies.

PIC is further supported by associated facilities comprising a co-generation plant, a liquefied natural gas re-gasification terminal, a raw-water supply plant, a deep-water terminal, an air separation unit, as well as centralised and shared utility facilities.