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January 23, 2013

Petronas and Evonik sign LoI for projects in ‘Rapid Project’

Gerald Ondrey

Petronas (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Evonik Industries AG Essen, Germany; signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to jointly embark on the development of production facilities of specialty chemicals within Petronas’ Refinery & Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor.

Under the LoI, the two parties will endeavor to form a partnership to jointly own, develop, construct and operate facilities for the production of hydrogen peroxide, C4 co-monomer and oxo-products within Rapid. The plants are expected to have the capacity to produce 250,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year of hydrogen peroxide, 220,000 m.t./yr of isononanol and 110,000 m.t./yr of 1-butene. The hydrogen peroxide will be used on site to produce propylene oxide by the licensed, eco-friendly HPPO process Evonik had jointly developed with ThyssenKrupp Uhde (Dortmund, Germany; These projects are expected to come on stream in 2016.

The LoI was signed in Kuala Lumpur on 16 January. Petronas was represented by its COO and executive vice president of Downstream Business, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, while Evonik was represented by its Member of the Executive Board, Dahai Yu.

“The entire project is set to mark another milestone in our growth strategy in the Asian market,” says. Dahai Yu. “This is why we’re seeking for a strong long-term strategic partner like Petronas.” The partnership is expected to strengthen Petronas’ position as a key downstream petrochemical player in the region. Evonik is one of the world's largest producers of hydrogen peroxide and C4-based products with production facilities in Europe, North America, South America, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and Indonesia.

The oxo-alcohol INA is a precursor of the plasticizer DINP (diisononyl phthalate), which is used in soft PVC production. The most important markets and end applications are films, wallpapers, and floorings, in addition to cables and automotive applications.

1-butene is used as a co-monomer for production of the plastic polyethylene. The most important growth regions for 1-butene are China, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent in the paper and textile industries and for eco-friendly oxidation and disinfection.  


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