South Africa’s Sapref refinery to shut for maintenance

17 August 2011 14:55  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--South Africa’s largest crude refinery Sapref is set to begin a scheduled turnaround later on Wednesday, a company source said.

The Durban-based complex, South Africa’s largest with a capacity of 180,000 bbl/day, is due to undergo a programme of inspection, general maintenance and project work that is expected to take around six weeks.

However, the entire refinery is expected to be off line for only around four weeks, the source said.

Downstream, the Blendcor base oil plant in Durban will remain operational throughout, utilising feedstock from alternative supply chains, a company source said.  

Nevertheless, local base oil sources said the market is likely to tighten and that supplies will be allocated for captive use or contractual customers, with little left over for spot sales.

Both Sapref and Blendcor are 50:50 owned by majors Shell and BP.

By: Ross Yeo
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