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Malaysia PM Najib launches huge oil storage terminal in Johor

Published on Jun 26, 2014 9:17 PM
Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak looked out at the newly completed, 3km-long jetty for Pengerang Independent Terminals, an independent oil storage terminal built on 150 acres of reclaimed sea-bed land at the southern tip of Johor near Desaru. -- PHOTO: PENGERANG INDEPENDENT TERMINALS SDN BHD

PENGERANG (JOHOR) - Five years after the project was envisioned, Prime Minister Najib Razak officially opened a multimillion-dollar oil storage terminal, standing on 61ha of reclaimed land at the southern tip of Johor, part of an ambitious plan to build Malaysia's biggest refining and petrochemical complex.

The entire US$22 billion (S$27.5 billion) project - to be called the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex, or PIPC - is located off the eastern side of Pulau Tekong and aims to ride the spillover of Singapore's position as an international oil and gas trading hub.

Datuk Seri Najib on Thursday opened the Pengerang Independent Terminals, which has giant tanks that can store 1.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and petroleum products, and a deep-water jetty that can accommodate Very Large Crude Carriers.

"This project is an important national achievement to develop the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, especially in Johor," he said in a speech to industry players as well as villagers who live around the complex, which is about 110km from Johor Baru.

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