Technology Challenge

Accelerating Collaboration

 

At PETRONAS, we practice open innovation through crowdsourcing, challenging innovative minds from across the globe. We issue Technology Challenges to the global community to seek innovative solutions and collaborations for our complex business challenges. 

How Does It Work?

The whole process of our Technology Challenge is outlined below:

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Challenge Publication
Information on the topic and requirements of each challenge will be published in the PETRONAS Technology Challenge webpage.
 
Proposal Submission
Send us your proposal via a dedicated email. It should clearly illustrate your idea, containing non-confidential information. The submission deadline is stated in each challenge’s timeline.
 
Screening & Evaluation
Your proposal will be reviewed and assessed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. You will be informed if you’ve been shortlisted.
 
Winner Announcement
This will be published on the Technology Challenge webpage. We’ll contact the winner for the subsequent technology deployment project.
 
By being our partner, you will fast-track the application of your innovative ideas into real-life environments.
 
Please read and understand the Official Rules of this Technology Challenge prior to submitting your proposal.
 
Click here for your reference to PETRONAS’ Code of Conduct and Business Ethics (CoBE).
 
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Challenges

Technology Challenge 11: Organic Acid Corrosion Prevention & Mitigation for Carbon Steel Topside Piping & Equipment
The Challenge: PETRONAS is seeking for an innovative, effective and robust preventive technology solutions to prevent & mitigate organic acid corrosion to the carbon steel upstream topside piping systems and equipment.
 
Technology Challenge 10: Compact Refrigeration System For Natural Gas Processing
The Challenge: PETRONAS is seeking a compact technology solution other than the conventional refrigerant and refrigeration systems since the conventional refrigerant and refrigeration systems requires a large footprint, complex, and heavy which is challenging for offshore applications resulting in unattractive economic to overall projects.
 
Technology Challenge 9: Safe & Durable Boat Fender Technology
The Challenge: PETRONAS is seeking for state-of-the-art solution for boat fender system with minimal installation and low maintenance cost while reliable to resist boat impact energy..
 
 
Technology Challenge 8: Technology Solution For Thermal Oxidizer Flue Gas SOx Emission Reduction
The Challenge: PETRONAS is seeking for an innovative and cost effective technology to reduce the emission from flue gas of existing thermal oxidizers in order to meet the latest regulatory requirement limit.
 
 
Technology Challenge 7: Total Solution for Crack-Resistance, Liquid-Tight and Maintenance-Free Tank Sump and Dispenser Sump at PETRONAS Stations
The Challenge: Develop, design and deliver innovative tank sump and dispenser sump that is robust, crack-resistant, water-tight and zero maintenance.
 
 
Technology Challenge 6: Autonomous Drone Capable of Performing Ultrasonic Thickness (UT) Measurement at Height
The Challenge: PETRONAS is seeking for an innovative solution to develop an autonomous drone capable of performing ultrasonic-thickness (UT) inspection at height. The drone technologies developed as a results of this challenge will be used to further enhance PETRONAS drone technologies which will be used in the oil & gas industry, specifically in PETRONAS offshore and onshore facilities.
 
 
 
Technology Challenge 5: Total Technology Solution For Prediction, Removal, and Prevention of Chloride-Induced Corrosion
The Challenge: Design an innovative and smart solution to map and predict the potential locations in the process units where chloride accumulation could lead to chloride-induced internal corrosion and cracking when exposed to moisture
 
 
 
Technology Challenge 4: Effective Field Inspection Tool to Detect and Assess Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) for Piping Systems and Components
The Challenge: Design an effective, robust and flexible inspection tool to detect and assess the severity of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) for piping systems and components.
 
 
 
Technology Challenge 3: Onshore Hydrocarbon Recovery from Sludge
The Challenge: Design an innovative and economic solution in sludge treatment to recover hydrocarbon onshore
 
 
Technology Challenge 2: Field Inspection Tool for Composite Overwrap Repairs over Carbon Steel Pipelines and Piping
The Challenge: Design an effective inspection tool to examine and monitor the integrity of the composite overwrap repairs used on top of carbon steel pipelines and piping (for gas and oil)
 
 
Technology Challenge 1: Monetisation of Associated Gas from Offshore Flares
The Challenge: Design an economic solution to monetise Associated Gas (AG) from offshore flaring facilities which has neither existing gas utilisation nor evacuation infrastructure

Winners

Technology Challenge 9: Congratulations, BERMUDA SUBSEA (M) SDN BHD!
 

PETRONAS is delighted to announce the winning solution for our 9th Technology Challenge: Safe & Durable Boat Fender Technology.

Boat landing facilities are designed for personnel transfer from marine support vessel to offshore platforms and vice versa. Frequent boat impact can damage the structures and may pose safety hazard to offshore personnel involved, causing possible disruption to operation activities. PETRONAS Technology Challenge 9 aspires to seek a state-of-the-art solution for boat fender system with minimal installation and low maintenance cost and reliable in resisting boat impact energy.
 
The challenge received an encouraging participation from both local and international companies. Upon a comprehensive assessment by a panel of internal subject matter experts, TGUARD-50 Fender proposed by Bermuda Subsea (M) Sdn Bhd has been chosen as the winning solution. The solution provides a high impact energy absorption, allowing ease of installation and maintenance while being cost-efficient. 

 

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PETRONAS applauds Bermuda Subsea (M) Sdn Bhd and looks forward to the deployment of the technology. Our heartiest gratitude to all participants for your continuous support and participation in the PETRONAS Technology Challenge.
 

 
Technology Challenge 10: GASCONSULT LIMITED
 

PETRONAS applauds Gasconsult Limited for winning the tenth Technology Challenge namely, Compact Refrigeration System for Natural Gas.

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PETRONAS has recognised the issue on large footprint, complex with heavy equipment which are challenging for offshore applications resulting in unattractive economic to overall projects. In our hunt for a compact refrigeration system for natural gas processing, we found Zero Refrigerant LNG (ZR-LNG) proposed by Gasconsult Limited to be the most befit solution that is compact and comes with minimal equipment count.

 

Gasconsult ZR-LNG process is highly differentiated; unlike competing processes, it uses no external refrigerants; just natural gas feed as the refrigerant medium in an optimised system of expanders. This eliminates refrigerant storage and transfer systems and the process equipment used to extract refrigerant components from the feed gas as required for mixed and multi-refrigerant cycles. This also reduces equipment count, capital cost and footprint.

 

The challenge received an encouraging participation from both local and international companies. Upon comprehensive assessment by a panel of internal subject matter experts in PETRONAS, Gasconsult triumphs over many other encouraging participations by proposing ZR-LNG Technology. 

 

Congratulations Gasconsult Limited and our heartiest gratitude to all participants for your continuous support in the PETRONAS Technology Challenge.
 

 


Technology Challenge 8: Jiangnan Environmental Protection Group Inc (JNG)

Congratulations Jiangnan Environmental Protection Group (JNG) for winning the eighth installment of the PETRONAS Technology Challenge namely, Thermal Oxidizer Flue Gas SOx Emission Reduction.

 

In our quest for an innovative and cost effective solution to further reduce SOx emission, we found Efficient Ammonia Desulfurization (EADS) proposed by JNG to be the most suitable solution where the technology is capable to reduce SOx level to more stringent requirement.

 

In Malaysia, the regulatory requirement aims to regulate emissions of air pollutants from industrial activities including oil and gas, power plants, waste fuel plants and asphalt mixing plants. Limiting sulfur oxides emissions reduces air pollution and results in a cleaner environment.

 

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Upon comprehensive assessment by a panel of internal subject matter experts in PETRONAS, JNG triumphs over many other encouraging participations from both local and international companies. 

 

Once again, PETRONAS applauds Jiangnan Environmental Protection Group Inc and our heartiest gratitude to all participants for your continuous support in the PETRONAS Technology Challenge.

 
Technology Challenge 7: ATLAS COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIES SDN BHD

PETRONAS is delighted to announce the winning solution for our Technology Challenge No. 7 - Technology Solution for Crack-Resistant, Liquid-Tight and Maintenance-Free Tank Sump and Dispenser Sump at PETRONAS’ fuel stations.
 

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Tank sump and dispenser sump are designed to provide access to equipment located below ground of PETRONAS’ petrol station and act as containment to prevent liquids from being released into the environment. However, the sump is usually exposed to external pressure mainly due to soil movements, high water table area and high-load above the ground that could cause mechanical failures of the equipment. PETRONAS Technology Challenge 7 aspires to seek innovative solutions that will  improve  the operations of PETRONAS’ fuel stations while delivering our award winning product to customers.


The challenge received an encouraging participation from both local and international companies. Upon  comprehensive assessment by a panel of internal subject matter experts, Fiber Composite Crack-Resistance, Liquid-Tight and Maintenance-Free Dispenser Sump by Atlas Composite Technologies Sdn Bhd has been chosen as the winning solution which provides higher strength to the tank and dispenser sump, allowing  ease of maintenance  and piping while being cost-efficient. 

 


PETRONAS applauds Atlas Composite Technologies Sdn Bhd and looks forward to the deployment of the technology. Our heartiest gratitude to all participants foryour continuous support and participation in the PETRONAS Technology Challenge.

 
Technology Challenge 6: Al-Khawarizmi from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

PETRONAS is proud to announce the winner of Technology Challenge No. 6 – Autonomous Drone Capable of Performing Ultrasonic-Thickness (UT) Measurement at Height. The Challenge is crafted specially for local universities to harness the collaboration between PETRONAS and the institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. 


 
Drones have vast application in the oil & gas industry to potentially improve the productivity and minimise human exposure to hazardous situation. In the case of UT measurement, drones can be applied to far reaching areas without the use of scaffolding which resulted in minimum human intervention hence accelerating the measurement process and data quality. PETRONAS is exploring means to push the advancement of this application by having an autonomous capability to the drone while doing UT measurement. By having this technology, PETRONAS can set a high level of operational excellence and compliance to HSE standards.  

 

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The Challenge had received a total of 17 proposals from 12 higher learning institutions in Malaysia. The proposals went through a series of evaluation that resulted to a shortlisting of five (5) best proposals. The finalists were then given assistance in the form of drone and financial aid to demonstrate their capability during the Obstacle Course event.   

 

Al-Khawarizmi team from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was announced the winner after scoring the highest marks during the Obstacle Course event in PETRONAS Research facility. Their programming skills were tested and excelled to ensure the drone achieves stability and is capable of maneuvering the obstructions.

 

PETRONAS applauds Al-Khawarizmi for their achievement and PETRONAS will collaborate with the winner for further development to mature this into a scalable solution for actual environment.  Our heartiest gratitude to the teams especially the student who participated. We are indeed delighted to see the breadth of young talents in Malaysia and certainly looking forward to your participation in the next PETRONAS Technology Challenge.

 

 
Technology Challenge 5: 
PETRONAS has finally come to a conclusion for Technology Challenge 5 - Total Technology Solution for Prediction, Removal, and Prevention of Chloride – Induced Corrosion. We announce with a heavy heart that there will be no winner for this challenge since none of the proposal submitted matches the scope of the challenge, as well as the established criteria. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your participation and continuous support.
 
Technology Challenge 4: KMZ Energy Sdn Bhd
PETRONAS is pleased to announce the winning solution for our Technology Challenge No. 4 - Effective Field Inspection Tool to Detect and Assess Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) for Piping Systems and Components.
 

CUI is a serious problem in the oil and gas industry that may result in catastrophic consequences on the assets. The most challenging issue of CUI is the hidden substrate and localised damages it causes. Currently there are inspection tools but with certain limitations on detection capability, non-accessibility to the susceptible locations and the need to remove insulation material. The PETRONAS Technology Challenge aspires to identify an effective, robust and flexible inspection tool to address these problems.
 

PETRONAS’ 4th Technology Challenge received a total of 33 proposals consisting of multiple inspection techniques such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic and radiographic technologies from eight (8) countries. Evaluated by a panel of internal subject matter experts, all proposals underwent a comprehensive assessment to identify the winning solution. 
 
 

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The winning solution is an integrated non-intrusive inspection technique which detects active anomaly with auxiliary testing and advanced data processing known as Phonon Diagnostic Technique (PDT). It is able to work under operating conditions, provides rapid screening, accessibility to complex piping area and bigger inspection coverage while minimising maintenance scope for insulation de-lagging. 
 

PETRONAS congratulates KMZ Energy Sdn Bhd and looks forward to the deployment of the said technology. Our heartiest gratitude to all who have participated in this challenge. We look forward to your continuous support and participation in the next PETRONAS Technology Challenge.

 
 
Technology Challenge 3: TiME MARINE Services Sdn Bhd

PETRONAS congratulates TiME MARINE Services Sdn Bhd on winning our 3rd installment of the Technology Challenge of Onshore Hydrocarbon Recovery from Sludge.

 


PETRONAS has recognised the issue of waste management as a perennial concern during crude oil processing. In this process, a waste composite, alternatively known as oily sludge, is generated during the various stages of crude oil operations from exploration to refining. Unfortunately, the practice today is such that the oily sludge is disposed without further treatment. Earnest efforts should be focused on the current technologies of oil recovery to improve oil utilisation and efficiency in order to reduce environmental burdens with regards to sludge disposal. 

 

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The PETRONAS Technology Challenge was launched to identify an innovative solution to the issue. After rigorous research, TiME MARINE Services Sdn Bhd proposed to us a solution consisting of a biodegradable chemical and mechanical technologies that can effectively recover hydrocarbon, water and other solids from the oily sludge. The proposed solution will also see to the reduction of cost and minimisation of original disposal to the third party waste management body.

 


Evaluated by panels of subject matter experts, the proposed solution has undergone comprehensive assessment in order to finally be identified as one that has successfully met the objectives of the challenge.

 


We applaud TiME MARINE Services Sdn Bhd for its inspiring ideas, and look forward to collaborating for the further development and deployment of the said technology. 

 

Our heartiest gratitude to all who visited Innovation Gateway at our PETRONAS website with expressed interest to participate in the challenge. We look forward to your continues interest and participation in our next installment of the PETRONAS Technology Challenge.
 


 

Technology Challenge 2: Sonomatic Ltd
We are pleased to announce Sonomatic Ltd as the winner of the second PETRONAS Technology Challenge!
 
The objective of this challenge was to find an effective inspection tool to examine and monitor the integrity of the composite overwrap used for repairs of carbon steel pipelines and piping.
 
The advancement in the composite overwrap technologies has led the oil and gas industry to expect that the service life of these repairs lasts for decades, hence the requirement of regular monitoring and inspection in ensuring operational safety and operational optimisation.
 
The second PETRONAS Technology Challenge received an encouraging number of proposals from seven countries. The proposals ranged from multiple inspection techniques such as Ultrasonic Testing, Electromagnetic, Laser Testing Methods, Guided Wave Testing, Microwave method and X-Ray technology. These proposals were evaluated by a panel of expertise through a comprehensive assessment process and technology demonstration. The final outcome revealed that the proposal from Sonomatic Ltd has what it takes to meet the objective of this challenge.
 

 

The winner proposed an integrated solution consisting of Dynamic Response Spectroscopy (DRS) and Microwave Field Inspection Tools. The DRS is primarily utilised for the inspection of the carbon steel pipe remaining wall thickness. It also offers a high level assessment of the wrap integrity while the microwave method is primarily utilised for the assessment of the repair integrity and the external surface of piping substrate.
 
PETRONAS will collaborate with Sonomatic Ltd to mature the technology and on subsequent deployment upon meeting the agreed mutual targets.
 
Technology Challenge 1: Transwater / MTC Engineering Consortium
We are pleased to announce Transw​ater / MTC Engineering Consortium as the winner of the inaugural PETRONAS Technology Challenge!
 
The goal of this challenge was to discover the best economic solutions to monetise Associated Gas (AG) from offshore flaring facilities which has neither existing gas utilisation nor evacuation infrastructure. The objective is to beneficially utilise the hydrocarbon resource and reduce the carbon footprint and its intensity.
 
Although recent advances in technology have enabled economic deployment of various gas monetisation systems in onshore environments, the challenge to bring these solutions offshore still remains.
 
We received 34 proposals from 10 countries for this challenge. The diverse range of promising solutions include Gas Processing, Gas to Liquids, Gas to Power, Gas to Solids, and even Gas to Food. These proposals were subjected to an evaluation based on the criteria developed by our team of techno-commercial experts.
 
Transwater / MTC Engineering Consortium’s winning solution looks at a floating compressed natural gas system (FCNG) with innovative CNG transfer systems. We will continue working with them to proceed with maturation of their proposal and subsequent deployment upon meeting the agreed mutual targets.