Engen Refinery to undergo temporary controlled shutdown

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The Engen Refinery is set to undergo a temporary controlled shutdown, which Engen assures will not affect its ability to service the core petroleum needs of motorists and commercial customers during the national lockdown.

Starting on 27 March 2020, this controlled activity is due to forecasted lower demand for petroleum products during the national lockdown.

“We are already experiencing lower demand and are forecasting an even lower demand offtake, which would force our Refinery to scale back beyond its safe operating envelop and increases environmental emission risk,” says Engen Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan.

With Engen’s product inventory currently high and building up fast, a controlled safe shutdown of the Engen Refinery is inevitable.

“This considered decision will enable us to support and maximise our offtake from the inland refineries to ensure they can continue operations and meet the inland demand,” adds Hassan.

Motorists and business customers are assured that all necessary measures have been instituted across the Engen supply chain to ensure sustained delivery of core petroleum products over the coming weeks to all our 1 000+ service stations and business customers during this lockdown period and beyond.

Focus on Health and Safety

In line with Engen’s companywide priority on health and safety, our stringent safety process will be observed during the shutdown process.

Says Hassan: “The health and safety of our employees and our neighbouring communities is at all times of the highest priority to Engen.

“As a consequence of the temporary shutdown, as many as 600 additional employees will observe the stay at home restrictions during the national lockdown, which will help support our nation’s COVID-19 alleviation efforts.

“I want to take this opportunity to wish the nation good health and commit to getting through this time together. While the path ahead may seem uncertain, we at Engen believe in the journey communicated by our President.”

Engen is a leading distributor and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products. The Engen Refinery produces approximately 17% of South Africa’s fuel. In 2019, Engen was named South Africa’s fastest-growing brand, according to Brand Finance South Africa 50, and was voted South Africa’s ‘Favourite Petrol Station’ in the Sunday Times Top Brands and the 'Coolest Petroleum Brand' in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards for 10 consecutive years.

For more information please contact Gavin Smith, Engen External Communications Manager, Gavin.Smith@engenoil.com Tel: +27 21 403 4312 Cell: +27 82 379 1700