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Future Prospects for Young Chemical Engineers in the Refining Business - Malaysia

Date From: 03 November 2015
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Kuala Lumpur, with presentation by Syed Mohd Faiz (PETRONAS), organised by IChemE's Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group and Young Engineer Group in Malaysia.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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An evening event with technical presentation by Syed Mohd Faiz (PETRONAS), and time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the upstream oil and gas industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group (SONG), Young Engineer Group (YEG) in Malaysia and to IChemE.

Advance booking is essential. Register now >>


Since January 2015, Dated Brent crude oil prices have been fluctuating between US$45 and US$65 per barrel, leading most refineries to maximise their capacities and thereby generating a surplus of petroleum liquid products. Reduced demand for petroleum products, due to the strong supply, further decreases profit margins. The recent trend towards lower carbon and renewable energy is also threatening petroleum products and causing the future relevancy of oil refining to be questioned.

This presentation will discuss the future prospects of chemical engineers, and especially those in the early stages of their career, working in the oil refining sector. Specifically it will consider:

  • how chemical engineers in the sector can continue to thrive during these challenging times
  • what skills are required for chemical engineers to help ensure the survival of the refining business


Syed Mohd Faiz is currently head of manufacturing at Oil Business Office, in PETRONAS. He manages and advises the vice president on the performance and strategy for PETRONAS' Refining Business, covering feedstock, processing and product distribution. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and won IChemE's Young Chemical Engineer Award in 2014. He is currently a committee member for the IChemE Young Engineer Group (YEG) in Malaysia.

He was with MG3's baseoil production plant in 2014, as a plant scheduling executive, where he managed and optimised production to maximize sales profit. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a process engineer for a sour conversion plant where he designed additional steam pipeline for the hydrocracker to provide sufficient steam supply to fractionator and product strippers, which commissioned in March 2013. He started his career as a process safety engineer at PETRONAS Penapisan (Melaka) and was responsible for managing its process hazard analysis programme. As one of the pioneer LOPA analysts for PETRONAS, trained at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre in Texas, he developed the first PETRONAS Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) guidelines together with Shell Global Netherlands, ConocoPhillips Lake Charles, UTP and UPM. 

Syed received a B. Eng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia in 2006 and won an award for best LNG Plant Design from Chevron for his design project.


The event will take place at the
University of Nottingham Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower,
No 3 Jalan Conlay,
Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia.

Map and directions >>


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham's sponsorship of SONG events through provision of its venue facilities free of charge. 

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MMI Engineering, for sponsoring the refreshments at this event.


This event is free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.

Register now >>

Get involved

Would you like to give a talk at a SONG event in Kuala Lumpur, or online to a wider audience of chemical engineers in the Asia Pacific region? We'd like to hear from you. Please contact Robert Bruce or specialinterestgroups@icheme.org with details about yourself and your proposed presentation.


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