Petronas installs among world's largest ethylene oxide reactors at Pengerang

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) recently installed the biggest ethylene oxide reactors -- amongst the biggest reactors in the world – for its refinery within the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Johor.

The national oil company said on Monday each of the two reactors is a sophisticated engineering equipment, measuring 7.4 metres in diameter, 25.5 metres high and weighs 1,202 tonnes.

As of August 2017, the overall progress of the PIC development has reached 74.3% completion, said senior vice president and CEO of Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation (PRPC), Dr Colin Wong Hee Huing. 

“The successful installation of the reactors signifies that the PIC project is on track to achieve the first refinery start-up in Q1 2019,” he said. 

Wong and the president and CEO of Samsung Engineering, Choong Heum Park were among those present at the installation.

Developed over 6,242 acres and involving US$27bil in investment, at the heart of PIC is the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project. 

RAPID will have a 300,000 barrels-per-day (BPD) refinery and a petrochemical complex with a combined 3.609 million metric tons-per-year production capacity. 

Associated PIC facilities include a 1,220 megawatt co-generation plant, 3.5 million metric tons-per-year regasification terminal, deep water terminal, air separation unit and raw water supply. 

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