South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) is preparing to restart its crude oil refinery in Durban after a temporary shutdown.
This start-up process is planned to begin today, 21 of July 2021, and will take seven to ten days to complete.
The 50% joint venture between Shell SA and BP Southern Africa said that the shutdown resulted from the unrest experienced in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Last week, Sapref declared a force majeure event in the wake of public violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and shut down its facility, which represents 35% of South Africa’s crude oil refining capacity.
A spokesperson for Sapref said at the time that the decision was taken after careful consideration of the risks involved, including the safety of its people and Sapref’s ability to continue operating safely without a confirmed supply of critical material to the refinery.
With key delivery routes open and materials supply secured, Sapref said it can now restart the refinery.
“At Sapref, safety is our number one priority. We have plans in place to ensure a safe start-up with little impact to our neighbouring communities,” said Sapref MD Victor Bester.
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