Friday September 21, 2012
Johor oil storage capacity seen hitting 10 million cu m
JOHOR BARU: Johor expects its oil storage capacity to hit 10 million cu m in the years 2017-2020 which will see it emerging as Asia’s new oil storage hub, said Johor Petroleum Development Corporation Bhd (JPDC).
Its chief executive, Mohd Yazid Jaafar, said the oil storage capacity would come from the complexes in Pengerang, Tanjung Bin and Tanjung Langsat.“We plan to achieve the target (10 million cu m) in phases from 2017-2020,” he told Bernama in an interview here.
JPDC is a Federal Government agency, only recently established to coordinate the development of the oil and gas sector in Johor, especially downstream industries such as processing and storage of oil and petrochemicals.
Mohd Yazid said according to the planning, the Pengerang complex had the potential of storing five million cubic metres of oil, while Tanjung Bin would be able to hold three million and Tanjung Langsat another two million.
Currently, Tanjung Langsat has the capacity for 650,000 cu m, while Tanjung Bin can store 840,000 cu m.
In Pengerang, Dialog with the cooperation of Royal Vopak NV and the state government is building an Independent Deepwater Petroleum Terminal (IDPT) facility worth RM5bil.
The terminal is expected to be fully completed in 2014.
The first phase of the project will include building oil storage facility with the capacity to store 1.3 million c m worth RM1.9bil. Its completion is due next year.
With further expansion, the facility will be able to take on an additional one million cu m of oil.
In a recent interview with Bernama, Johor Port had said that it was in the final rounds of negotiations with three investors for investments worth RM2bil for the storage of oil in Tanjing Bin Petrochemicals and Maritime Centre (TBPMC).
TBPMC was set up by Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd, a fully owned subsidiary company of Johor Port.
Mohd Yazid said JPDC was also looking at a storage turnover of between 0.8 to 1.2 million cu m or tank turns per month, similar to the industry level seen in neighbouring Singapore.
“This means in a year, between 100 million and 140 million cu m of oil would be going in and out of the related storage tanks.” — Bernama
Currently, the capacity for independent storage of oil in Singapore amounts to 10 million cubic metres while in Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Amtwerp (ARA) it amounts to 40-45 million cubic metres. — Bernama