Malaysia’s Petronas lets technology contract for RAPID

PRPC Polymers Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Petroleum Nasional Bhd.'s (Petronas) majority-owned Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd., has let a contract to LyondellBasell Industries NV to deliver polyethylene process technology for a grassroots unit at Petronas’s refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) project at the Pengerang integrated complex (PIC) in southeastern Johor, Malaysia (OGJ Online, Aug. 11, 2014).

LyondellBasell will provide licensing for its proprietary Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) technology for production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) at a 400,000-tonne/year HDPE unit planned for the RAPID complex, LyondellBasell said.

Petronas previously let contracts to LyondellBasell for licensing of its proprietary Spherizone and Spheripol polypropylene process technologies at RAPID, the technology licensor said.

A value of this latest contract for Hostalen ACP HDPE technology was not disclosed.

Alongside PIC’s six associated installations, the integrated PIC-RAPID will feature a 300,000 b/d refinery equipped to produce Euro 5-quality fuels as well as supply naphtha and LPG feedstock to the petrochemical complex for production of various grades of products, including differentiated and specialty chemicals products (OGJ Online, Sept. 20, 2016).

The entire $27-28-billion development remains on schedule for full startup in early 2019, Petronas said (OGJ Online, June 27, 2016).

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