Brunei: BFI to be one of the largest fertiliser plants in South-East Asia


  • Brunei
  • Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

An artist image of the Brunei Fertiliser Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) plant. The construction of BFI’s state-of-the-art plant on a 55-hectare site in Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK) began in May 2018 and is scheduled for first urea production by second quarter (Q2) 2021. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 15 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei Fertiliser Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) plant will be among the largest fertiliser plants in South-East Asia once completed. It is set to produce 2,200 metric tonnes of ammonia and 3,900 metric tonnes of urea per day.

It will create 500 direct employment opportunities during its first year of operation, of which 70 per cent of the workforce will be locals.

The information was announced by the Ministry of Energy on Tuesday evening (Sept 14).

According to the ministry, the demand for refined petroleum products is increasing, resulting in major expansion of the downstream industries globally. Because of this, Brunei has embarked on a large-scale investment of downstream projects, creating opportunities for export markets and domestic industries.

One of the country’s mega downstream projects, under construction is the ammonia and urea plant operated by BFI.

The construction of BFI’s state-of-the-art plant on a 55-hectare site in Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK) began in May 2018 and is scheduled for first urea production by second quarter (Q2) 2021.

The BFI plant is majority-owned by the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The BFI plant is one of the two large downstream oil and gas projects in Brunei alongside PMB Refinery and Petrochemical Plant in Pulau Muara Besar.

The plant consists of three parts: Offsite and utilities, ammonia and urea plants. The products will be exported to the agriculture industry in the region.

The Ministry of Energy is responsible in facilitating the BFI project and is committed to ensure the sector’s contribution to local employment opportunities while enhancing the strategic economic benefits to the country.

In 2018, the ministry has issued the Bruneianisation directives as part of its strategic plan to ensure that Bruneians are leading and driving the oil and gas industry.

The aspiration of the directive is to achieve a minimum of 90 per cent Bruneianisation at all levels and skill-pools in each company in the oil and gas industry.

In line with this directive, BFI is committed to offer individuals a solid platform to learn from international experts in efforts to further enhance their knowledge and skills in the global markets. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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