Final touches being made to revised PIPC master plan

JOHOR BARU: Johor Petroleum Development Corporation (JPDC) is in the process of finalising the revision of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) master plan in order to present the complex as a good investment location for the oil and gas industry.

JPDC deputy chief executive Izhar Hifnei Ismail said since the master plan was first developed in 2012, a lot of interest has been shown in investing in PIPC, hence, the requirement to improve the infrastructure within the complex.

“We realise the need to provide better roads, better power connectivity and better facilities along with other amenities where the whole purpose of the revision is to enhance whatever necessary,” he said at a breaking fast event with members of the media in Johor.

He said the objectives remained the same with PIPC still a hub and a downstream avenue for oil and gas activities.

“What is more important is that we see a lot of players coming into the complex and that is good news.

“For example, Johor Corporation is developing the Pengerang Industrial Park where they will be providing sites for other investors and companies that may want to work with or complement whatever Petronas and Dialog Equity are doing,” he said.

Izhar said apart from that, Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd, in collaboration with Perbadanan Islam Johor (PIJ), was also working on developing the Pengerang Eco Industrial Park to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services as well as providing training for workers in PIPC.

“These are all good signs and if you visit Pengerang or PIPC today, you will see the infrastructure projects that we have been working on since 2015 are now being completed or close to completion.

“For instance, the upgrading of Federal Route 92 that links Bandar Penawar to Sungai Rengit is complete and it is providing better facilities for motorists,” he said.

He stated that previously, due to heavy vehicle traffic and on-going construction works, the travel time could take up to two hours but it was now only 30 minutes.

“Aside from that, we also completed several new roads linking Bukit Gelugor to Tanjung Pengelih last year. We are currently monitoring the construction of new roads within PIPC.

“We are also looking into new drainage system and facilities such as new fire stations, a clinic and a police station as well as schools that are still being built,” he said.

He added that in the next one to two years, JPDC would be looking into further new development-supporting activities as well as tourism in Desaru Coast, including the rapid growth of Bandar Penawar.