Pengerang Integrated Complex on track for overall start up in Q1 next year

Anita Azrina: The PIC has achieved 84 in overall progress as of December last year.

Anita Azrina: The PIC has achieved 84 in overall progress as of December last year.

PENGERANG: Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) largest downstream project, Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), is on track for overall start up in the first quarter of next year.

Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corp Sdn Bhd (PRPC) head of stakeholder, communication, and risk management division, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz said the project had received final investment decision in 2014.

It involves engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning packages and 13 licensors, with over 200 suppliers and contractors appointed.

“We are pleased to note that the PIC has achieved 84% in overall progress as at December last year, with 77% work in construction development done,” she said during a media familiarisation tour to the PIC.

She said with the progress so far, Petronas is confident of reaching 98% overall progress by the end of this year.

PIC is located within the mega billion project Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex in the south-eastern tip of Peninsular Malaysia.

It will be positioned as a regional downstream oil and petrochemical industrial hub and will pave a new frontier of technology and economic development in South-East Asia.

The project, which covers 2,526ha, involves about 63,000 personnel of 65 nationalities working towards the final leg of construction, which is expected to take some 350 million man hours to complete.

PRPC head of health, safety, security and environment Saifuddin Shah Sowkkatali said considering the scale of the project’s construction, ensuring the safety and security of the people on site is paramount.

“At Petronas, we have processes, standards and procedures in place to ensure a safe working environment. Everything we do is aimed at ensuring that the construction progresses safely.

“The project has an all-encompassing health, safety, security and environment system and processes in place to mitigate and manage risks in all activities across PIC,” he said.

Saifuddin said this included compliance and governance, execution management, assurance communication, incident management and emergency preparedness.

The PIC houses a 300,000-barrel-per day refinery and petrochemical complex, designed to produce premium differentiated and specialty chemicals.

Apart from supplying feedstock to the petrochemical complex, the refinery will also produce petroleum products for the domestic market and meet Malaysia’s Euro-5 legislative requirements.