PETROCHEMICALS: Chevron Undergoes Scheduled Maintenance
Recent Western Cape Business News
Chevron’s Cape Town refinery, one of South Africa’s largest crude oil refineries, will suspend its operations from early April to mid May 2010, to perform a scheduled maintenance and safety inspection. The maintenance and safety inspection project, which is part of a 4 year cycle, will be undertaken on the refinery’s major utilities and operating units.
“This routine inspection reflects Chevron’s commitment to the safety of its workforce and the communities in which it operates,” said Gordon Smith, the refinery’s general manager. “The work is carefully designed to maintain the ongoing safety and reliability of the refinery. As part of our extensive planning, we have put procedures in place to ensure that consumers and customers have sufficient supplies of Caltex fuel and other refined petroleum products during the maintenance period.”
“The 110 000 barrel per day refinery has seen its safety performance improve by approximately 45% since 2005 and has experienced a significant improvement in reliability,” adds Gordon Smith. A reliable refinery means less unplanned downtime, which contributes to an improvement in the refinery’s safety and environmental performance.
A number of local contractors have been hired to conduct the maintenance, which will be performed to Chevron and industry specifications. Approximately 450 000 hours of labor will be required to complete the project.
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