FIVE DEAD IN FIRE AT PETRONAS-ARAMCO FACILITY IN JOHOR STATE MALAYSIA

According to Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama, fire and explosion on Mar 15, killed five people at Petronas Aramco refining and petrochemicals complex in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor. Another person sustained 70 per cent burns.
The refinery, which will process around 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil once fully operational, is expected to sell fuel to customers in Malaysia and across South-east Asia.
The incident occurred on Sunday night at the diesel hydro treater unit in the Pengerang complex
This is the second fire in less than a year at the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.
In April 2019, an explosion and fire occurred at the plant’s atmospheric residue desulphurisation unit (ARDS), a unit that removes sulphur from fuel oil, which is then used to produce gasoline in a residue fluid catalytic cracker.
In March 2018, Petronas and Saudi Aramco formed two joint ventures in Malaysia. The joint ventures were created to allow the parties equal ownership and participation in the operations of the refinery, cracker and selected petrochemical facilities in RAPID, which is part of the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.
(Source: Channel News Asia/The Business Times/Petronas/AsiaOne – Image: energy global news/Rene P)