BASF/ Petronas: Expansion of partnership in Malaysia
Petronas, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, and BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, have taken the next steps in the development of the previously announced EUR 1 billion investment that will expand their partnership in Malaysia, involving projects at their existing venture in Kuantan and at a new site within Petronas’ proposed Refinery & Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) complex in Pengerang, Johor. These projects are to be implemented between 2015 and 2018. The two partners entered into a "Heads of Agreement" (HOA) for the development of the new project in Pengerang, signed by Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, and Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, Executive Vice President of Downstream Business, Petronas.
Under the terms of the HOA, the partners have agreed to form a new entity (BASF 60 %; Petronas 40 %) to jointly own, develop, construct and operate production facilities for isononanol, highly reactive polyisobutylene, non-ionic surfactants, methanesulfonic acid, and plants for precursor materials. These world-scale facilities will become an integral part of Petronas’ Rapid project.
Petronas – through its subsidiary Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd – and BASF are also making progress with the feasibility study to expand the operation of BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd in Kuantan. The two partners are considering the expansion of their C3 value chain with a new plant for superabsorbent polymers, as well as the expansion of the production capacity of their existing glacial acrylic acid unit. BASF Petronas Chemicals was founded in 1997. The company currently operates an integrated complex with acrylic monomers, oxo products and butanediol production facilities at the Gebeng Industrial Zone, Pahang.
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