The Pengerang Deepwater Terminal received its first Very Large Crude Container (VLCC) containing crude oil following the recent commissioning of its crude oil storage tanks earlier this month.
Dialog Group Berhad announced that the terminal, located at the southern tip of Johor in Malaysia, received the 333 meter long vessel from the Middle East to discharge its crude oil cargo at phase 1 of the deepwater terminal.
MT Mesdar is the first VLCC to call at Pengerang and the first to berth at a Malaysian jetty since the recent commissioning of the crude oil tanks in early March 2015.
More than 100 vessels have used the terminal, which offers petroleum and crude storage facility for trading. Phase 1 is a joint venture between Dialog, Vopak and Johor’s state secretary.
Phase 1 of the terminal started operations in Q2 2014 and has a storage capacity of around 1.3 million m3 with six deepwater berths.
Phase 2 of the terminal project involves the construction of 2.1 million m3 of storage capacity and a deepwater jetty with 12 berths.
It is expected that the Pengerang Deepwater Terminal will have a total capacity of 5 million m3 and will take around 10 to 15 years to complete.
Once fully complete the terminal will be able to handle bulk breaking for crude oil, petroleum products as well as LNG.
In a statement, Dialog said that the terminal has the potential to become a regional oil and gas hub due to its strategic location close to one of the busiest international shipping lanes and its close proximity to Singapore.