Petronas lets contract for RAPID project

State-run Petronas, through a contractor, has let a contract to Technip SA, Paris, to provide equipment and technology for hydrogen production 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 contract, Technip will supply RAPID’s hydrogen production plant with three hydrogen reformers that will produce 344,500 normal cu m/hr of hydrogen and syngas products, as well as provide high-quality export steam to the refinery steam network, Technip said.

Based on Technip Stone & Webster’s proprietary top-fired steam methane reforming technology, the reformers are scheduled to come on stream in 2018.

Awarded directly by Tecnicas Reunidas SA, the reformer supply contract is valued at €50-100 million, according to Technip, which previously delivered front-end engineering and design for the RAPID project (OGJ Online, Mar. 13, 2012).

This latest contract follows Petronas subsidiary PRPC Refinery and Cracker Sdn. Bhd.’s August 2014 award of a $1.5-billion lump-sum turnkey contract to Tecnicas Reunidas to deliver engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) for RAPID’s refinery package (OGJ Online, Aug. 11, 2014).

Tecnicas Reunidas’ scope of work under that EPCC contract was to include all of the refinery’s hydrotreating units, a catalytic reforming unit, hydrogen production units, a saturated gas plant, as well as interconnections and flaring installations, according to an Aug. 18, 2014, release from the service company.

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 2019, RAPID will cost an estimated $27-28 billion, Petronas has said (OGJ Online, July 25, 2014).

RAPID is part of Petronas’s Pengerang integrated complex, which alongside the refinery and petrochemical production sites, will include six associated facilities, namely the Pengerang cogeneration plant, an LNG regasification terminal, an air-separation unit, a raw-water supply project, a liquid bulk terminal, and central and shared utilities and installations.

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