Hi folks. I was away for two days (Friday and Saturday) at Pengerang in Johor. A friend and I drove down to Pengerang to attend a special briefing for Bloggers that was arranged by the Malaysian Petroleum Resources Corporation or MPRC to see for ourselves the huge Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex.
This is a truly gargantuan project spread over 22,500 acres that was initiated in 2006 by Dialog Berhad, the Malaysian oil and gas services company and now with the involvement of Petronas and Vopak of Holland. I hope to share a few Blogs about this two day visit.
There are always "turning points in history" where humongous events and huge opportunities appear around a nation or a country. If the nation grabs the opportunities, then the history of that nation would have "turned" - it becomes a turning point in history. If they miss the opportunity, then their history simply would not have turned.
Tun Dr Mahathir said the Islamic countries missed the Industrial Revolution. So history did not turn for the Islamic countries. Dr Mahathir did not want Malaysia to miss the IT Revolution as well, hence he created the Multi Media Super Corridor which we take for granted now and which generates so much wealth for Malaysia.
This Pengerang Project that will see initial investments of RM62 Billion (confirmed) and ultimately attract about RM170 billion in investments is going to see a petroleum and petrochemical hub that will generate annual petroleum and petrochemical product sales worth tens of billions of Ringgits. Initially there will be about 10,000 permanent, highly skilled and technical jobs created as well as providing jobs for about 50,000 construction workers who will be busy on this site for the next five to ten years.
Ultimately when all the RM170 Billion investments are planted (it will happen - do read on), there will be a permanent working population of around 40,000 people at the new petro-chemical plants in Pengerang. A new township is also taking shape that will have a population of 85,000 by 2030 (18 years away). I predict there will be a 100,000 population or more and much earlier than 2030.
There is plenty to write, including stories of lobsters, angry lobsters, vely vely lich mobster robsters, a man's dream and passion plus other interesting stuff.
First some pictures and an idea of the scale of the project.
These are some reclamation works at just one 500 acre site being undertaken by Dialog Bhd. Dialog will be setting up a 1.3 million cubic metre (1.3m cu.m) tank farm on this reclaimed site which will form the core of the PIPC project in Pengerang.
The tank farm will form Dialog's Pengerang Independent Petroleum Terminal. Dialog already has 1m cu.m of tank farms in Tg Langsat, making them Asia's largest private tank farm operator.
Engineer on site. I totally enjoy talking to engineers. These guys are literally reshaping the face of the earth. We are standing on 10 metre high reclaimed land. After compacting, the depth will stabilise at 5 metres.
Vopak of Holland - a partner in this petroleum terminal - operates Europe's largest oil terminal at the Rotterdam Port in Holland. Their experience as well as business networking will be an added plus for the project. Here is Vopak's man on the spot in Pengerang, Law Say Huat, the MD. All local Malaysian boys. The President and CEO of Dialog Chan Yew Kai was my senior at ACS Ipoh.
More to come later. Lobsters, smugglers, agitators and all.