South Africa’s SAPREF refinery on scheduled shutdown to mid-June

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CAPE TOWN  – Africa’s 172,000 barrels per day Sapref refinery, co-owned by BP and Shell, shut down from Monday mid-June for planned maintenance which brought forward by a week after a pipeline , a spokeswoman said.

Friday night an official at the country’s largest refinery, situated in the eastern port city of Durban, said an explosion had occurred outside the facility. The fire was extinguished on morning.

The cause and extent of damages to the plant were still being assessed, said spokeswoman Cindy Govender.


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