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Gas refinery confirms shutdown amid ongoing violence in KZN and Gauteng

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Gas refinery confirms shutdown amid ongoing violence in KZN and Gauteng
The Sapref refinery in south Durban has stopped operations amid ongoing violence in KZN. File image.

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SA’s excellent crude-oil refinery‚ Sapref‚ has shut down operations amid the ongoing violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

The refinery‚ in the South Durban Basin‚ sent out an alert on Tuesday citing pressure majeure linked to the violence‚ which started in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday and has since expanded into Gauteng.

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A minimum of 45 individuals were confirmed unnecessary — 19 in Gauteng and 26 in KZN — in the violence‚ though authorities had been expecting the dying toll to climb.

Sapref is the excellent crude-oil refinery in Sub-Saharan Africa and produces about 30% of SA’s petrol‚ according to the KZN High Business internet station.

Sapref’s sustainable development supervisor‚ Hlengiwe Hlela‚ confirmed to TimesLIVE on Tuesday evening that the shut down turned into taken in the interests of security.

“Due to the the ongoing civil unrest and disruption of transport and present routes in and out of KwaZulu-Natal‚ Sapref needed to produce the choice to temporarily shut down its operations. This decision turned into taken after careful consideration of dangers involved including the security of our individuals as successfully as Sapref’s capability to continue operating safely without confirmed present of foremost discipline fabric to the refinery.

“Plans to begin-up the refinery will be communicated once the command enables us to‚” stated Hlela.

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Gas refinery confirms shutdown amid ongoing violence in KZN and Gauteng