PRefChem Initiates Tender for Spot Propylene Batch with End-of-January Shipment
PRefChem Initiates Tender for Spot Propylene Batch with End-of-January Shipment

PRefChem Initiates Tender for Spot Propylene Batch with End-of-January Shipment

  • 23-Jan-2024 3:00 PM
  • Journalist: Robert Hume

Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem), a collaborative venture between Malaysia's major petrochemical entity Petronas and the state-owned Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco, recently announced a tender on January 19. The tender is for the sale of a spot shipment of propylene with the intention of swift shipment scheduled for the conclusion of January. Specifically, the batch, totalling 5 thousand tons, is slated to be shipped from PRefChem's facility in Pengerang, located in Johor, Malaysia, on January 28-30.

The application period for this tender extended until January 22, at which point it concluded, indicating a swift turnaround in the procurement process. This development comes against the backdrop of a previous report that highlighted PRefChem's temporary production halt at the cracking unit in Pengerang on November 17. The shutdown was attributed to a technical breakdown, impacting the facility's capacity, which stands at 1.2 million tonnes of ethylene and 609 thousand tonnes of propylene annually. The cracker, essential for the petrochemical production process, was anticipated to remain non-operational for approximately one week to address and rectify the technical issues.

Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem) stands as a strategic alliance between two prominent national oil companies, namely Malaysia's state-owned Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) and Saudi Arabia's state-owned Saudi Aramco. The collaborative efforts manifest through equal interests in two joint ventures, initially named Pengerang Refining Company Sdn. Bhd. (formerly PRPC Refinery & Cracker Sdn Bhd) and Pengerang Petrochemical Company Sdn. Bhd. (formerly PRPC Polymers Sdn Bhd).

The joint venture's recent issuance of a tender for a spot shipment of propylene reveals a strategic move to manage and optimize their inventory amidst the evolving dynamics of the petrochemical industry. The rapid shipment schedule at the end of January indicates a proactive approach to market demands, potentially addressing the effects of the temporary production halt and ensuring a smooth continuity of supply.

As the application window for the tender closed on January 22, the company awaits responses from potential bidders, and the subsequent steps will involve the evaluation of proposals and the selection of a buyer for the specified propylene batch.

PRefChem's tender announcement underscores the agile nature of the petrochemical industry, where companies must navigate unexpected disruptions such as technical breakdowns and swiftly adapt to market conditions. The collaborative efforts of Petronas and Saudi Aramco in PRefChem exemplify the strategic partnerships that play a crucial role in the global energy landscape, leveraging synergies and expertise for sustainable growth and resilience in the face of challenges. Stakeholders will closely monitor developments in the aftermath of the tender announcement to gauge the impact on regional and global propylene markets and assess how PRefChem's strategies align with broader industry trends.

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