The Finn was given an exciting preview of PETRONAS' new megaproject in Johor, Malaysia
Before heading to Singapore for this weekend's race, Valtteri headed to Johor, Malaysia, on Wednesday for a fascinating visit to the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC).
It's PETRONAS' new megaproject, one of their biggest investments in the country, and the facility will enable PETRONAS to capitalise on the growing need for energy and commodity petrochemical products in Asia over the next two decades.
The complex is due to start commercial operation by the fourth quarter of 2019, with a 28,000-strong workforce.
Valtteri's visit included a trip to the Main Control Building, which provides critical communication connections for the Refinery, Steam Cracker Complex, Petrochemical plants and its six major associated facilities.
He also visited the Centralised Laboratory, where he was talked through the research and development that will take place at PIC.
"It's a sight to behold - the scale and scope of the facility is incredible," Valtteri explained. "It's great to learn more about PETRONAS' technology and business whilst we're in the region and also to see everyone working together with such a great team spirit and passion for their work. It is similar to the team back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth."
During Valtteri's trip, he met some of the employees of PIC and treated a few lucky attendees to some passenger rides in a Mercedes-AMG E53.
He also met with 30 students from local schools. They presented Valtteri with their versions of an F1 car and Valtteri was tasked with picking the best designs.
Dr. Colin Wong, Chief Executive Officer of PRefChem, said: “We aspire to be at the forefront of technology and innovation across the energy value chain and PIC brings us closer to prime position in achieving that goal.
“We are proud of our new facility and have enjoyed giving Valtteri a preview of our extensive operations here today.”