Engen Refinery, South Africa’s second-largest oil refinery, is set to undergo planned maintenance. Starting on 5 February 2018, this scheduled activity forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance programme and will run for 45 days until 30 March 2018. Jehan Zaib, General Manager of the Engen Refinery, explains that routine planned maintenance is essential for the safe and reliable operation of the facility.
“The planned outage will primarily focus on essential plant maintenance and inspection activities as well as process regeneration activities,” says Zaib. Additional resources over this period will see the creation of approximately 4 600 temporary positions for skilled workers, and where applicable have been sourced from the local South Durban community.
Minimum disruption“To ensure that we complete this planned maintenance outage on time, there will be increased traffic as suppliers and contractors service the refinery,” says Zaib. “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.” The safety of Engen employees and the neighbouring community is of the highest priority to Engen, adds Zaib.
“We want to thank our neighbours in advance for their understanding during this period.” Engen is a leading distributor and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products. Engen markets approximately one in every four litres of fuel sold in South Africa, while the Engen Refinery produces approximately 17% of South Africa’s refined product.