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An update on Petronas’ refinery and petrochemical integrated development (Rapid) project, which will be located within the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in southern Johor. The facility, which when it comes online will be the country’s largest liquid-based green-field downstream development, will now only begin operations in mid-2019.

Originally expected to be commissioned in 2016, the Pengerang development has twice been delayed due to issues with relocation of residents. It was initially reported to begin operations in 2017, where it would then as part of its deployment scope begin delivering Euro 4 (and eventually, Euro 5) diesel and petrol to Malaysians. The start-up date was eventually pushed back towards early-2019.

Now, Reuters reports that the start-up of the US$16 billion facility has been moved again – the refinery is now only scheduled to come online in the middle of 2019, Petronas president and group chief executive officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin told the news agency.


Was Zulkiflee said that the slide in oil prices over the last 12 months had forced Petronas to review and re-bid some of its engineering, procurement and construction contracts for better prices, the report added.

Located on a single plot measuring about 20,000 acres, PIPC will house oil refineries, naphtha crackers, petrochemical plants as well as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and a regasification plant.

It will be able to produce nine million tons of petroleum products and 4.5 million tons of petrochemicals a year – the Rapid refinery will be capable of a 300,000-barrels-per-day output and supply feedstock for the facility’s petrochemical complex as well as produce Euro 4 and Euro 5 gasoline and diesel.

Euro 4 and 5

As is already known, the implementation of Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuels in Malaysia is set to begin with Euro 4 RON 97 petrol arriving first in September 2015, followed by Euro 4 RON 95 petrol in October 2018. Diesel will get to Euro 5 standard in September 2020, and Euro 5 grade RON 95 and RON 97 petrol is scheduled to be introduced in September 2025.

Last November, BHPetrol introduced its fully-imported Infiniti Euro 5 Diesel at 12 of its stations in Johor to meet requirements brought about by tightening emissions regulations introduced by Singapore, and earlier this year, it was announced that fully-imported Euro 5 diesel was set to be available this year in the Klang Valley and other states.