The South African petrochemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% of the GDP.

South Africa’s weak reserves position makes it dependent on crude and refined oil product imports.

Local refineries are not able to keep up with the growing demand. The replacement cost for these ageing facilities is prohibitive and so maintenance of these overworked plants is of vital importance.

Nevertheless, many billions of rands are being allocated to boost local refining capacity. For instance Sasol is investing R 340b into new gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids technologies.

Southey Contracting has been providing contracting and ongoing maintenance services to all the South African petrochemical refineries since the establishment of this infrastructure.

These include Sapref, Engen, Mossgas, Chevron, Sasol 1 & 2 and many others.

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