PCC SE is setting up a production facility for oxyalkylates (non-ionic surfactants and polyether polyols) in Malaysia in a 50/50 joint venture with one of the leading integrated chemical players in Southeast Asia, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). We thus expand some of our core businesses into the growth markets of Asia. The production facility for oxyalkylates will be built at the strategically very well-located petrochemical complex that PCG, as part of the global oil and gas company PETRONAS, operates in Kertih in the Malaysian province of Terengganu. The image above shows an aerial view of the Kertih Integrated Petrochemical Complex (KIPC).

Joint venture:PCG PCC Oxyalkylates Sdn. Bhd. (formerly: PCC Okyalkylates Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Joint venture partners:PCC SE: extensive expertise in surfactants (PCC Exol SA) and polyols (PCC Rokita SA)

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG): one of the leading integrated chemical players in Southeast Asia; part of the oil and gas company PETRONAS

Location:Kertih, Terengganu (Malaysia)
Site advantages:PCG’s Kertih Integrated Petrochemical Complex, Terengganu:

  • Secure raw materials availability (esp. ehthylene oxide)
  • Excellent infrastructure
  • Direct seaport access (competitive international logistics costs)
Projected facility:Construction of an oxyalkylate plant to produce:

  • Ethoxylates (non-ionic surfactants) and
  • Polyether polyols

Establishing a joint research and development center

Objective of PCC:Expansion of core businesses into the growth market of Asia
Project course:2017:

  • Foundation of PCC-OM as a PCC project company

2020:

  • 50% of the shares in PCC-OM sold to PCG, joint venture established

2021:

  • In June 2021, the “Final Notice to Proceed” was issued to the plant manufacturer.
  • In July 2021, a project financing was signed with a local Malaysian bank.
  • In October 2021,construction officially started (groundbreaking ceremony on October 28, 2021).
  • In November 2021, the joint venture was renamed to PCG PCC Oxyalkylates Sdn. Bhd.

2022:

Scheduled progress in the realization of the project. By the end of March, the overall construction progress is around 30%.

The following picture of the construction site shows the construction of the two production lines for polyols (left) and ethoxylates (non-ionic surfactants), consisting of reinforced concrete pillars as well as steel struts. The openings into which the reactors will later be installed can be seen at the top left.

The following picture shows the foundation of the tank truck loading facility in the foreground, behind it the foundation of the tank farm. Adjacent to this is the main pipe bridge connecting these parts of the site to the production facilities in the background. Lines for raw materials, products and energy supply will soon be laid on the pipe bridge.

2023:

  • Commissioning planned for the 3rd quarter