South Africa’s Engen wraps annual refinery turnaround

Engen Petroleum Ltd. has restarted its 125,000-b/d Enref refinery in Durban, South Africa, following a 4-week period of planned maintenance activities (OGJ Online, July 6, 2015).

The 30-day scheduled turnaround, which comes as part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance program to ensure safe and reliable operations, was completed at a cost of more than 150 million rand, the company said.

As a result of the maintenance work, the refinery currently is operating at 99.8% of its full capacity, according to John Naidoo, Engen’s maintenance manager.

Turnaround activities included testing of all safety and protection equipment and systems, as well as routine maintenance and services on critical equipment as recommended by the original equipment manufacturer, Naidoo said.

The company, which previously warned of potential supply disruptions during the shutdown period, did not disclose details regarding impacts to supply commitments as a result of the planned outage.

The Enref refinery, South Africa’s second largest, produces automotive, industrial, aviation, and marine fuels, as well as bitumen, lubricants, and a range of chemicals and solvents.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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