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Sapref to Start Gasoline Unit at Durban Refinery by Nov. 6

October 31, 2011

(Adds maintenance plan in third paragraph.)

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- South African Petroleum Refineries Ltd., a venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc, plans to start a gasoline unit at its Durban refinery by Nov. 6 following extended repairs.

“We are still on track to complete the repairs by the end of next week” at the fluidized catalytic cracking unit, Margaret Rowe, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed response to questions. “The unit will be restarted thereafter.”

Planned maintenance at the refinery, which has the capacity to process 180,000 barrels of crude a day, started on Aug. 17 for about six weeks, the refiner said at the time. Three processing units would be affected by the work, it said.

Sapref, as the company is known, was raising production following the maintenance, it said on Oct. 14. It expected maximum capacity within days, the refiner said a week later.

“During the process of ramping up to full capacity after the planned turnaround, a problem was encountered on one of the process units,” Sapref said in a statement on Oct. 27. “This has necessitated the unit being taken down for repairs which are expected to take about two weeks,” it said.

“Apart from the FCCU, which is down for repairs, the refinery is running near normal capacity,” Rowe said today.

--Editors: Raj Rajendran, Rob Verdonck.

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