BMT delivers concept jetty design for RAPID project


BMT Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (BMT) has completed concept designs for the material offloading facility (MOLF) at the proposed refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex in Johor, Malaysia.

A subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, BMT carried out the conceptual design of the MOLF, covering both geographical and marine structural engineering design activities and a number of specialist studies and surveys in order to accurately evaluate all available options when designing the structure.

Marine studies were carried out using the BMT-developed navigational simulation tool, REMBRANDT, to better understand the operational limits associated with ships entering the port and therefore better perfect jetty design.

The Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s (Petronas’) proposed RAPID project hopes to address the growing need for petroleum and petrochemical based commodities in the Asia Pacific region.

The refinery is expected to have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, and will produce both naphtha and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as feedstock for the RAPID petrochemical complex.

Petronas plan to produce European standard gasoline and diesel at the facility, further expanding avenues of trade.

Furthermore, the complex will have a Naphtha Steam Cracker, used to produce a number of commodity products.

The RAPID development will also provide adequate storage and logistics facilities for a number of dry and liquid bulk products.

Working in tandem with Technip, the front-end engineering contractor for the project, BMT helped in the concept design for a temporary heavy lift jetty.

Managing director of BMT Asia Pacific, Per Cato Roed spoke of the design saying, “given that heavy lifts of specialised modules and equipment will be performed at the jetty during the RAPID project construction phase, we needed to carefully consider the customer’s requirements and ensure an optimum layout.

“Taking the temporary nature of the jetty into consideration, it was also important for us to optimise the design in relation to several dimensions, notably sedimentation and maintenance dredging requirements.”

Speaking of the project as a whole, Roed said “Our proven track record and extensive experience, supported by sophisticated design and optimisation tools has allowed us to provide an optimum design for our customer.”

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