S.Africa's Engen Partially Shuts Durban Refinery

Source: Reuters 5/9/2012, Location: Africa

Engen Petroleum has partially shut its 125,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery in South Africa as maintenance cuts crude oil supplies, a company spokeswoman said. The Durban single buoy mooring, which brings crude oil into the refinery, will be out of commission for part of May, spokeswoman Tania Landsberg said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

As a result, Engen will shut some unspecified units at its refinery between May 5 and May 24 for maintenance, she added.

The refinery will continue to operate at a reduced run rate, Landsberg said, without providing further details.

The refinery was last shut in mid-October after a fire damaged its crude unit. Engen is majority owned by Malaysia's state oil company Petronas while the single buoy mooring is managed by SAPREF, which is jointly owned by BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Engen used to be the biggest South African buyer of Iranian crude, said in April it has halted all imports from Iran due to Western sanctions.

It has since turned to top oil exporter Saudi Aramco for additional crude. Any disruption in crude imports could hit fuel supplies in South Africa, which have already been volatile because of strikes and refinery problems.


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