A VISIT TO THE PETRONAS REFINERY IN MALACCA

2009-09-16 00:47:25 Author: admin Source:

Petronas Dagangan recently held a media convoy to try out its latest fuel offering, the Primax RON95. A media convoy was scheduled for the Historic City of Malacca with an exclusive tour of the Petronas Refinery located in Sungai Udang on the outskirts of Malacca.
Prior to the convoy, a special conference and welcome reception was held at Petronas Station at Section 13 in Shah Alam.
In his opening remarks, Petronas Dagangan’s Senior General Manager, En. Mohd. Fadzlan commented,  “The Petronas Primax RON95 has received a favorable response in the market since its inception in mid-2009, due to its efficiency and proven formula.”
“This special media convoy has been arranged to impart further knowledge and experience to the public on the RON95 fuel and its core elements,” he added.
Mohd. Fazlan later flagged off a fleet of 20 vehicles that were pre-arranged for the media convoy. The fleet consisted of BMW 320is, Honda Civic, Honda City, Honda CRV, KIA Optima, Proton Exora, Proton Waja and the Naza Bestari.  
From the flag-off, the convoy headed straight towards the North South Highway via KLIA route, heading towards the Sepang International Circuit.
Petronas Dagangan had planned a country-side drive for the media contingent through smaller towns like Sepang, Port Dickson, Lukut to gauge the RON95’s efficiency on highway as well as township roads. For some of us, the drive was an opportunity to admire the towns, scenic villages and the coastal roads.
The second phase of the convoy was on course for more minor towns such as; Pasir Panjang, Kg. Sg. Raya, Kuala Linggi and Masjid Tanah before our first goal at the Petronas Refinery plant at Sg. Udang.
Upon arrival at the Petronas Refinery in Sg. Udang, many of us were impressed with the plant’s massive environment. After disembarking our vehicles, all of us were greeted by very courteous Petronas Refinery management and staff.
After the brief tea-break, we were escorted to an auditorium within the refinery‘s facility for a special presentation. The presentation was held to keep us abreast on the refinery's protocols and staff activities, but more importantly this exclusive behind-the-scene look into the Petronas refinery plant was most viable to discover and understand the process and development of raw materials to the finished products including; the Primax fuel range, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Petrochemical Naphtha (PCN), Motor gasoline (Mogas), Kerosene (Jet A1), Diesel, Apshalt, Coke and Sulphur.   
The plant is divided into two divisions of 926 acres; process and non-process, consisting the Petronas Refinery Phase 1 (PSR-1) and Second Refinery Phase 2 (PSR-2).
The PSR-1 is a grass root hydroskimming refinery designed to process 100,000 barrels per stream day of indigenious sweet crudes and condensates. Some of the main process units at the PSR-1 are; crude distillation, condensate hydrotreating, catalytic reform, saturated gas concentration, kerosene and heavy Naphtha treating and sour water stripping.
The second refinery or PSR-2 functions as a conversion unit where sweet and sour crudes are processed. It is located adjacent to the PSR-1. This second refinery has the capability to process 100,000 bpsd of crudes. Its main processes include; crude and vacuum distillation, Naphtha hydrotreater, catalytic reform, C6 isomerizatining, distillation hydrotreater, hydrocracker, delayed coker, hydrogen production, LPG, Naphtha and Kerosene treaters, and sulphur recovery.     
In his opening address to the media, Mr Nur Iskandar A. Samad, Managing Director of Petronas Penapisan (Melaka) Sdn Bhd. said, “This is the largest refinery in Malaysia and  produces up to 80% of Malaysia’s fuel requirements, particularly on the demand for our premium fuel product: the Primax.”
Mr Shamsudin Rahman, a Senior Manager at the refinery, then provided an interesting insight about the plant overview, staff activities at the refinery and overall divisions operation.
The Plant overview segment depicted the process and logistic arrangements of raw materials from the marine facilities that eventually go through a refining process where the crudes are pumped to the process units and heated in crude preheat train and finally, heated to their respective distillation temperatures.  
The heated feedstock then enters their respective distillation columns where the hydrocarbons are separated according to their boiling points. Following further processing, refined products as well as other heavy residue are separated with the refined products stored in storage tanks, while the residue undergo conversion into more valuable and saleable products.  
All finished products are stored in tanks and storage area totaling 115 within the refinery’s facility. All products are subjected to very strict quality control before exportation via dedicated pipelines onto ships at the Sg. Udang port.  Domestically, the products are distributed by shipment, fuel tankers and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) through Multi Products Pipelines facilities.  
He also touched on the refinery’s mission objectives and visions. He reiterated that it is the management’s desire for the Petronas Refinery to be recognized as the best refinery in Asia Pacific. The refinery has thus far sustained many hours of safe man-hours or without Lost Time Injury (LTI) for a period of 3 years.     
A guided tour was also organized for the media to view the refinery from a hill top area, between PSR-1 and PSR-2. Needless to say, the view was simply encapsulating and breathtaking. A clear view of the overall refinery complex, the straits of Malacca, the PSR-1 and PSR-2 was more evident with the binoculars provided.  

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