VAAL TRIANGLE - Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref), responsible for 35% of South Africa's refinery capacity, has implemented a force majeure due to ongoing unrest. The refinery, headquartered in Durban, is the largest crude oil refinery in South Africa. It processes 24 000 tons of crude per day and produces 2.7 billion litres of petrol per year. However, due to riots affecting Sapref's supply routes, it has decided to implement a temporary shutdown.
Meanwhile, the petroleum giant, Sasol, announced a state of emergency at its Durban refinery, in KwaZulu-Natal. This comes due to the ongoing violence and looting in the province. Sasol says this has also halted deliveries to filling stations countrywide.