South Africa’s Enref refinery due scheduled maintenance

Engen Petroleum shut down its 135,000-b/d Enref refinery in Durban, South Africa, for planned maintenance beginning on Sept. 2. The scheduled activity forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance program.

Engen Petroleum Ltd. shut down its 135,000-b/d Enref refinery in Durban, South Africa, for planned maintenance beginning on Sept. 2, the company said.

The scheduled activity forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance program, with 21 days planned for reformer regeneration activities and 63 days for maintenance of the plant’s alkylation unit.

Essential for safe, reliable operation of the refinery, the routine planned maintenance will primarily focus on essential plant maintenance and inspection activities in the alkylation unit as well as reformer catalyst regeneration activities, said Sykry Hassim, the refinery’s general manager.

“To ensure that we complete this planned maintenance outage on time, there will be increased traffic as suppliers and contractors service the refinery. We will, however, do our utmost to keep any disruption to a minimum and have detailed planning schedules to mitigate any potential access and capacity issues,” said Hassim.

Hassim also assured motorists and the company’s commercial customers that the outage will not affect Engen’s ability to service their needs.

“As always, Engen’s valued customers remain our first priority, and they are assured that contingency plans are in place to ensure uninterrupted availability of Engen quality fuels and other primary refined petroleum products,” Hassim said.

Further details regarding the scheduled maintenance were not disclosed.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@endeavorb2b.com.

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