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Cracked pipe causes Mossel Bay GTL Refinery to shut down

by Selwyn Bergman
on 28 Feb 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

The gas-to-liquid (GTL) refinery at Mossel Bay has been shut down for safety reasons after a 10cm crack was discovered in the inlet pipe over the past weekend.

Sipho Mkhize, Chief Executive Office for PetroSA said that: "We have decided to close it as we are not prepared to place the lives of about 1 000 people as well as the community at risk."

It is expected to take approximately one week for the repairs to be completed.

Mkhize further went on to state that: "We have enough stock for the next two weeks, but the supply of industrial gases and heavy fuel oil to customers will unfortunately be disrupted until commissioning activities commence."

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