Engine completes plant refurbishment
The exercise at its 120 000 barrels-per-day refinery took 30 days.
The planned outage forms part of the facility’s annual scheduled maintenance programme aimed at ensuring that it runs safely and reliably, says Engen Refinery General Manager, Jehan Zaib.
“The refinery’s zero tolerance on overdue statutory equipment and unplanned shutdowns has seen a steady increase in reliability over the past four years. This is necessary to ensure continuous supply of adequate volumes of fuel for the country,” adds Zaib.
The outage ended with excellent health, safety and environment (HSE) metrics – there were no fires, health issues, falling object incidents or flogging injuries, as well as a leak-free start-up.
“We conformed to all legal requirements and ensured all our assets complied with routine testing of fitness for service and that all equipment is licensed to operate for its term,” adds Naidoo.
During the outage period, 828 vessels were opened, with firm safety risk mitigation strategies in place.
Furthermore, daily audits and walkabouts were carried out by Engen’s senior leadership, including the GM of the facility, operations and maintenance leadership, contractor leadership and members of Engen’s Safety department.
The refinery created an extra 2 472 extra contractor jobs during this time.
In addition, 70 percent of contracted personnel were from the Durban South Basin, mostly from Wentworth, the refinery’s immediate neighbour.
– CAJ News
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