Aerial view of the Engen Refinery along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline
The Engen Refinery (Enref), situated at Wentworth, South Durban, is a division of Engen Petroleum Ltd. As South Africa's second-biggest refinery, Enref represents a large part of Engen's commitment to help meet the fuel needs of the South African market.
The Refinery has the nominal capacity to refine 125 000 barrels of crude oil per day, substantially reducing the country's dependence on imported refined products - which results in considerable foreign exchange savings.
Engen's core business is the refining of crude oil, the marketing of primary refined petroleum products and the provision of convenience services. Enref has a proud history of growth combined with technical excellence, all designed to ensure that production matches the needs of a changing market place and increasing demands for better products. It injects millions of Rand into the South Durban Basin (SDB) and Durban economies each year in expenses and salaries. The Refinery procures its replacement and new equipment with exception of rotating equipment from the local suppliers.
Although the Refinery has existed since 1954, ongoing investments have been channelled into rebuilds and upgrades. Over the years, new units and processes have been added to increase yields, processing efficiency and product quality, while at the same time meeting increasingly stringent environmental standards. This means the average age of the refinery plant infrastructure is about 25 years, the piping and the process control facilities are just over ten-years old.
Operating a refinery comes with major challenges. As a functionally complex, highly capital-intensive operation, strictly ruled by extensive regulations and standards, it must be carefully managed. At the helm of these operations is a skilled team headed by the General Manager, Jehan Zaib, a Chemical Engineer and an MBA graduate.
With vast experience of the petrochemical industry, his career has included working for large well-known corporations including Exxon Mobil and PETRONAS With a strong skills base, the Engen Refinery is on a path of continued growth and greater efficiency with significant successes planned in the coming years
Our staff and the environment enjoy constant focus within our sustainability activities, within a strictly enforced framework of health, safety, environmental and quality practices and principles. As part of the broader Engen sustainability strategy, the Refinery continuously strives to improve management of safety risks to prevent accidents. The success has been achieved through focused training and skills development of both employees and contractors to improve their competencies.
The Enref safety risk management strategy focuses on process safety management and behaviour safety management. Process safety risks include fires, spills and loss of containment. Significant inroads of Process Safety Management implementation with the assistance of some of our veterans and input from staff have been made. As part of continuous improvement, the plan is to continue to implement our DuPont Behaviour safety programme focusing on reducing spills to the environment.
Enref devotes considerable financial and other resources to CSI efforts. To ensure the sustainability thereof, we align ourselves with non-profit organisations to identify areas of true need.
The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) is the Refinery's flagship education initiative which has produced outstanding results from pupils attending the Mangosuthu University of Technology, Ganges, and Fairvale Secondary education programmes. Some of the students who have participated in the EMSS programme are further assisted through the Engen bursary scheme to qualify as engineers. Some have subsequently joined the company.
Other initiatives include an annual Career Day and for more than a decade, Enref has supported the Wentworth and Merebank Trusts whose main focus is to finance education and community needs in the community.
Environmental Awareness and Food Security
A healthy diet provides a vital first line of defense against all diseases, particularly HIV and TB, which is why Enref supports community vegetable garden projects. The Refinery sponsors the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa "Eco Schools" programme in the SDB area. The programme recognises schools that have improved the quality of environmental learning and sustainable management in their schools and community.
Engen supports initiatives such as International Marine Week, Arbour Week and programmes to plant trees at SDB schools.
Safety and Security
Engen works closely with five police stations and their Community Policing Forums in the SDB and surrounds in safety and awareness projects, including trauma units, drug education initiatives and youth anti-crime drives.
Engen participated in a Rail and Road Safety Awareness road show, visiting 20 schools in the local community
Community Outreach Projects
Engen provided training on The Independent Code of Governance for Non Profit Organisations in South Africa to community members in the SDB to empower individuals and NGOs.
The Engen Community Computer School offers nationally recognised certificate courses to community members on how to operate a personal computer system. The school provides computer skills to approximately 300 students annually.
Nature of Business: Manufacturing Division of Engen Petroleum Limited
Products / Services: Refining crude oil to manufacture a wide range of petroleum products including hydrocarbon fuels, lube base oil feedstock, liquid petroleum gases, bunker fuel oil, asphalt and aromatic & aliphatic solvents
Holding Company: Engen Limited
Shareholders of Engen Limited: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) and Worldwide African Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited (WAIH)
Date Established: 1954
Annual Turnover: R 17 billion to R 24 billion depending on crude price
Value of Fixed Assets: R10 billion replacement value
Main Equipment: Distillation towers, furnaces, reactors, pumps and compressors
Site Area (m2): 1218331 m2
Ownership of Land: Engen
Industrial Standards: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
No. of Employees: 800 Permanent Employees
Brief Description of Production Process: Complex, high conversion crude oil refinery
Raw Materials Employed: Crude oil
General Manager: Jehan Zaib
Executive Assistant to General Manager: Preeshne Naidoo
Physical Address: 465 Tara Road,Wentworth, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 956, Durban, 4000, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa