Cape Town, South Africa — 13 June 2013 – South Africa’s national oil company Petro SA is to suspend all operations for maintenance purposes at its Mossel Bay facilities in the Western Cape for 37 days later this year.
“The maintenance shutdown, which will start on September 22, will affect the… gas-to-liquids refinery and the offshore FA Platform,” Fin24 quotes spokesperson Thabo Mabaso as saying.
The FA Platform is used to drill for gas. Customers have been informed about the shutdown and encouraged to make alternative supply arrangements. Products which would not be available during the shutdown included liquefied petroleum gas, propane, carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen, and liquid oxygen.
The company has made contingency plans for the supply of products such as diesel and petrol in the southern Cape.
“The statutory shutdown is aimed at ensuring the integrity of equipment and systems at the two facilities, in compliance with the Mine Health and Safety Act,” Mabaso said.
The shutdown was expected to involve a combined workforce of 4,000 people, including temporary workers from the Mossel Bay community. On average, 1,200 people worked at the refinery.
Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.