Melaka oil refinery to meet diesel Euro-5 standard

Malaysia’s biggest crude oil refinery at Melaka, in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, is to be upgraded to meet the government’s target for Euro-5 grade diesel by 2020 in a bid to improve air quality. The standard calls for sulphur levels to be maintained at a maximum of 10 mg/kg.

Hyundai Engineering was appointed earlier this year by Malaysian Refining Company to deliver the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) turnkey contract to upgrade the existing oil refining facilities to meet the Euro-5 standard. ABB has been contracted to modify existing and install new electrical systems and electrical network monitoring and control system (ENMCS) at Melaka.

The refinery has been operating since 1994 and houses two refinery trains with a total capacity of 270,000 b/d. It is owned by Malaysian Refining Company, the wholly owned subsidary of Malaysia’s state-run oil company Petronas. The refinery complex is operated by Petronas Penapisan (Melaka).

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