This year marks 50 years that leading South African refiner Chevron has been in the business of petroleum products.
Chevron Refinery's General Manager Victor Bester says that the industrial plant processes crude oil to produce petrol, jet fuel, diesel, sulphur and bitumen.
Petrol and diesel is distributed to their network of Caltex service stations for motorists to fill up their tanks, while jet fuel is used for the aircrafts that arrive and depart at the Cape Town International Airport.
We produce all the bitumen that is used in the local market, there's a high demand for it and we run our refinery to optomise production.— Victor Bester, Chevron Refinery's General Manager
Bester explains that sulphur is used in fertilising processes and bitumen oil is used to tar local roads such as the lanes for MyCiti's bus rapid transit service.
The refinery employs at least 1 000 workers, both on a permanent and contract basis and also runs skills training programme.
We're very invested in terms of skills development, particularity maths and science, to ensure the future sustainability of our refinery.— Victor Bester, Chevron Refinery's General Manager
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