Johannesburg - South Africa's Engen crude oil refinery will be shut for three to four months after a fire destroyed the main processing unit, a company spokesperson said on Friday.
"It could be anything from three to four months," Payne told Reuters.
"I don't know when we will have a better estimate of the time as a lot of it relates to sourcing of equipment from abroad."
The refinery in Durban on South Africa's eastern coast, which has a capacity of 135 000 barrels per day, was shut on Thursday after the fire broke out at the plant shortly after midnight and burned for three hours before being put out.
Engen said it would have to import refined oil and oil products for the period of the closure.