Petronas lets contract for RAPID complex

State-run Petronas has let a contract to a consortium led by Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd., Selangor, Malaysia, to provide reengineering front-end engineering and design (re-FEED) for the effluent treatment plant for its proposed refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex at Pengerang in southeastern Johor, Malaysia (OGJ Online, May 13, 2011).

As part of the re-FEED contract, which was awarded by Petronas subsidiary PRPC Utilities & Facilities Sdn. Bhd., Muhibbah Engineering, and its partner VA Tech Wabag Ltd., Chennai, India, also will deliver engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the ETP, the service provider said in filing with Bursa Malaysia.

The integrated ETP will enable the RAPID complex to reduce pollution in its aqueous effluents to below regulatory discharge limits, according to Muhibbah Engineering.

The consortium is scheduled to complete its scope of work under the contract, which is valued at 949.6 million ringgit ($224.3 million), by yearend 2018.

With a planned capacity of 300,000 b/d, the proposed RAPID refinery will produce naphtha and liquid petroleum gas feedstock for the petrochemical complex, as well as gasoline and diesel meeting European specifications to help address Asia-Pacific’s growing need for petroleum and petrochemical products (OGJ Online, Mar. 27, 2014).

The refinery and petrochemical complex will have a combined capacity to produce 7.7 million tonnes/year of various grades of products, including differentiated and specialty chemicals products (OGJ Online, Oct. 23, 2014).

Scheduled for start-up in early 2019, RAPID will cost an estimated $16 billion, with associated installations for the project to require an additional investment of about $11 billion, according to Petronas (OGJ Online, June 25, 2015; July 25, 2014).

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