South Africa’s largest oil refinery shut down

Ugo Okor with agency report

SAPREF refinery

South Africa’s largest oil refinery, a joint venture between Shell and BP (SAPREF), stopped operations on Thursday due to a strike over wages, a trade union official said.

SAPREF, situated in the east coast Durban port, refines 190,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

“The refinery is at a standstill. There is no production from today,” Musa Bhengu, KwaZulu-Natal regional secretary for the CEPPWAWU energy union, said.