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RAPID Project

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A Malaysian oil and gas company is developing a refinery and petrochemical integrated development project (RAPID) and other associated facilities in Pengerang, Southern Johor, Malaysia, through a project called Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC).

The refinery project is anticipated to be completed by early 2019. It is expected to employ 70,000 workers during construction and generate 4,000 new jobs upon completion.

RAPID project site details and facilities

The complex will cover an area of 2,000ha and will produce nine million tons of petroleum products and 4.5 million tons of petrochemicals a year.

Southern Johor was chosen as the location for the project due to its proximity to Deepwater port facilities and regional demand centres. The location enables easy transport of finished products to the market. The complex will cover an area of 2,000ha and includes crude oil refinery and a petrochemical complex capable of processing 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). These two projects together will produce 7.7Mtpa of differentiated and speciality chemicals such as synthetic rubbers and high-grade polymers.

The RAPID project refinery will produce gasoline and diesel that will meet Euro 4 and Euro 5 fuel specifications. It will also supply feedstock for the petrochemical complex, which will produce highly specialised chemicals. The refinery will use modern technologies to produce these products and follow stringent environmental regulations.

The viability of constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to support the RAPID project is also being considered. The LNG terminal will include natural gas receiving facilities for LNG carriers and a tie-in to the Peninsular Gas Utilisation system.

Development of the project is also in line with Malaysia's aim to establish new areas of growth, aimed towards improving people's quality of life. The petrochemical industry has been identified as the main sector for achieving this growth.

The RAPID project is expected to help transform Southern Johor into a new petrochemical hub. Several employment opportunities are also expected to be created in the region by suppliers and related industries.

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