The Western Cape experiences economic injections as a result of the Chevron Cape Town Refinery’s annual safety and maintenance inspections. This year’s operation expenditure is approximately R25m and will create an additional 300 jobs during the inspection period, which is set to commence as of today.
Supply constraints are carefully mitigated through the building up of strategic fuel supply in the time leading up to the planned maintenance and safety inspection.
“Every year Chevron South Africa invests in maintaining the high safety and reliable operation standards practised at the refinery through its annual maintenance and safety inspection. Furthermore, this annual activity aims to ensure adequate product supply across all our markets,” says Doug Pottenger, General Manager Refining, Chevron Cape Town Refinery.
More than 90 tons of materials will be used during this year’s maintenance and safety inspection.
“The logistics around staging an inspection of this nature always creates a positive ripple effect in the region. For example, Chevron South Africa hires marquees and catering from nearby suppliers during the period,” says Pottenger.
The Milnerton refinery conducted a mega maintenance and safety inspection last year which injected approximately R412m into the Western Cape economy and created around 3000 additional jobs. As a result, the requirements for this year’s inspection is on a much smaller scale.
What to expect during the scheduled maintenance and safety inspection
During this period communities situated near the refinery may notice increased noise levels as well as occasional visible flaring and stack emissions (black smoke) over the first four days and then again as operations are resumed. This is due to the systematic shutting down and depressuring of the maintenance unit at the refinery during the inspection.
“Chevron places the highest priority on the health and safety of its employees and the communities in which it operates. All measures are being taken to mitigate unnecessary or unplanned disruptions. Ambient air quality monitoring around the refinery will continue as normal during this period,” concludes Pottenger.
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