Royal Vopak and its joint venture partners said they intend to expand their independent storage terminal, Pengerang Independent Terminals Sdn Bhd (PITSB) in Pengerang, Johor in southern Malaysia.
Effective shareholding in PITSB is Dialog 45.9%; Vopak 44.1%; State Government of Johor Darul Ta’zim 10%.
PITSB will be expanded by 430,000 cubic metre (cbm) to a total capacity of 1.7 million cubic metres. The expansion, which is subject to final formalities, is expected to be commissioned progressively starting the first quarter of 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 (VLCC).
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 (RAPID). Royal Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage company, has a 25% share in this industrial terminal.
This expansion of PITSB is aligned with Vopak’s strategy to invest in strategic hub locations. 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 sulphur diesel/gasoil as a result of the global low sulphur requirement for shipping (active by 2020) as set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).