SAPREF operates the Durban II refinery, which is located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a non integrated refinery owned by BP , Shell , and others. The refinery, which started operations in 1963, has an NCI of 9.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 180
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 76
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 38
Reformer (mbd): 34
Hydrotreater (mbd): 138
Alkylation (mbd): 2
Isomerization (mbd): 16

The capacity of the refinery is expected to remain the same as 180mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at Durban II refinery

The Durban II refinery witnessed three incidents during the period 2015-2020.


SAPREF is an oil refining company that refines and produces various petroleum products. The company offers products such as petrol, diesel, paraffin, liquid petroleum gas, base oil, aviation fuel, solvents and marine fuel oil. It produces various products in different grades. SAPREF imports crude oil from the Middle East, Europe and Africa. The company operates through communities, customers, shareholders, suppliers and contractors, trade unions, direct and indirect workforce, authorities and non-governmental organizations, among others. It is a joint venture between Shell SA Refining and BP Southern Africa . SAPREF is headquartered in Durban, South Africa.


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