Vopak JV to expand liquid storage terminal in Malaysia

Royal Vopak and its JV partners intend to expand their independent storage terminal, Pengerang Independent Terminals Sdn Bhd (PITSB) in Pengerang, Johor in southern Malaysia. PITSB will be expanded with 430,000 cbm to a total capacity of 1.7 MMcm. The expansion which is subject to final formalities, is expected to be commissioned progressively from Q1 2019.

PITSB provides storage, blending and distribution services for crude oil and clean petroleum products. The expansion relates to the storage of clean petroleum products. In total, 24 new tanks will be built ranging from 10.000 cbm to 25.000 cbm. In addition to the extra capacity, one extra berth will be taken into operation, bringing the total number of operating berths to six. PITSB has the capability of handling Very Large Crude Carriers.

The Pengerang region is strategically located at the southeastern-most tip of Johor, along the international shipping routes and is part of the Singapore oil hub, the main oil trading center of Asia, where there is a growing need for storage capacity. PITSB is an approved terminal that can be nominated for Platt's FOB Straits offers.

Another strategic advantage of PITSB is that the terminal is connected with pipelines to the industrial terminal Pengerang Terminals (Two) Sdn Bhd (PT2SB) which will be serving the new world-scale refinery and petrochemical complex currently under construction: the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development—commonly known as RAPID. Vopak has a 25% share in this industrial terminal.

The growing need for new storage capacity for clean petroleum products is amongst others based on Asia's growing structural need for gasoline and jet fuel as well as the growing need for low-sulfur diesel/gasoil as a result of the global low-sulfur requirement for shipping (active by 2020) as set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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