Petronas receives the tallest, heaviest fractionator process column in Pengerang


Petronas has received the tallest and heaviest propylene fractionator process column for the steam cracker facility located within its Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) in Pengerang, Johor. The arrival has set a new record as the tallest and heaviest process column to have ever landed on Malaysia’s shores. The process column measures 121.3 metre high and weighs 1,808.6 tons . This is as tall as a building of about 37 storeys, and similar in weight as a fully-fuelled A380 Airbus and a Boeing 747 airplane combined. The process column travelled 8 days aboard the Jumbo Maritime-operated vessel MV Fairmaster, from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, before arriving at the Material Offloading Facility (MOLF) port in Tanjung Setapa, Johor.

“I am proud to announce that our propylene fractionator has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the tallest and heaviest process column in Malaysia,” said Petronas Senior Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn Bhd (PRPC), Ir Dr Colin Wong Hee Huing.

PIC is a mega-scale, high-complexity development consisting of 23 process plants for refinery, steam cracker, petrochemicals and associate facilities. The project is entering the construction phase and is progressing as scheduled. The vessel also carried a smaller-scale propylene fractionator and an ethylene fractionator. All three process columns are part of the main structures for PIC’s steam cracker complex, to be constructed by a consortium of Toyo Engineering Corporation and Toyo Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd.

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