The yearly safety and maintenance inspection to be undertaken at energy company Chevron’s Cape Town Refinery from February 1 is expected to result in a much-needed economic injection in the Western Cape.
Chevron expects to spend R25-million on this year’s shutdown, which would create about 300 additional jobs during the inspection period.
“This operation aims to ensure adequate product supply across all our markets,” Chevron Cape Town GM Doug Pottenger noted, adding that the logistics around staging an inspection of this nature would create a positive ripple effect in the region.
More than 90 t of materials would be used during the inspection.
Last year, the refinery underwent a R412-million mega-maintenance and safety inspection, which created around 3 000 additional jobs.