MALAYSIA: Petronas invites EPCC contract bids for some petrochemical projects

The project, being established in Pengerang, Johor, involves a 300,000-b/d refinery to supply feedstock for the production of about 3-million t/y of ethylene, propylene, C4 and C5 olefins and several downstream units.

Petronas stipulated that the prospective bidder, consortium or joint venture must have relevant experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the specified production facilities.

PetroChemical News (PCN) recently reported the selection of LyondellBasell's Spheripol technology for two 300,000-t/y polypropylene plants, and the selection of Ineos' Innovene G platform for a new 350,000-t/y linear low- and high-density polyethylene unit, both being built as part of the Rapid project.

Separately, the National News Agency of Malaysia reported that the first phase of Petronas' Rapid project will be completed by the first quarter of 2017, a year beyond the earlier target of 2016. The delay was attributed to "the water management problem.”

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 17 June 2013
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)