Singapore - South Africa's 180 000
barrels-per-day Sapref refinery has shut one of its secondary
units for planned maintenance which is expected to take about
three weeks but which will not affect production, a company
spokeswoman said on Friday.
The refinery in Durban shut down its visbreaker unit, used
to reduce viscosity when distilling crude oil, from May 4,
spokeswoman Cindy Govender said in a statement emailed to
Sapref is jointly owned by Shell and BP.
Sapref manages a single buoy mooring, which brings crude oil
into a 125 000 bpd refinery owned by Engen Petroleum.
The Durban single buoy mooring will be shut in the second
week of May for planned repairs expected to last about two
weeks, which include replacing floating and subsea hoses,
Engen is planning to shut some unspecified units at its
refinery between May 5 and May 24 due to the maintenance at the
Engen is majority owned by Malaysia's state oil company