Petronas starts commissioning of mega methanol plant

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 5/16/2008, Location: Asia

Petronas announced that its subsidiary, Petronas Methanol (Labuan) Sdn Bhd (PML) has commenced commissioning work of its mega methanol plant in Labuan with the firing up of the plant's package boiler, the biggest in Asia, on Tuesday.

This paves the way for further commissioning activities for the plant's eventual commercial production scheduled for September this year.

The package boiler was fabricated by steam generation systems specialist Cerrey SA de CV of Mexico, which was awarded the contract in March 2006 following an international bidding exercise in late 2005. The boiler, with a 260-tonne/hour capacity, was delivered to Labuan by MISC Bhd, another subsidiary of Petronas, in June last year.

Local contractors, namely Sumatec, Dialog and Yokogawa Kontrol Malaysia, successfully carried out installation work at the plant.

The operation of the boiler is supported by high quality feed water produced by a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis system, while electrical power is supplied from a 14-megawatt gas turbine generator which has been in operation since March this year.

The world-scale plant, which uses Lurgi's Mega Methanol technology, has a production capacity of 5,000 tonnes per day or 1.7 million tonnes per year. The plant will use about 150 million cubic feet of gas from the fields offshore Sabah as feedstock. Construction started in 2005 and methanol produced from the new plant will be supplied to the domestic market as well the growing markets in Southeast Asia, North East Asia and India.


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