PetroSA appoints Group Five to manage shutdown

 Group Five has been appointed to manage PetroSA’s 2013 maintenance shutdown, said the national oil company on Thursday.

In a statement, PetroSA said the integrated construction and infrastructure services firm had been appointed following a rigorous tender process. The firm is part of the core team working on the 2013 shutdown. It will mainly manage the mechanical works during the maintenance period.

PetroSA will suspend operations at its Mossel Bay facilities for 37 days from 22 September for a planned statutory maintenance shutdown. The maintenance shutdown will affect the Mossel Bay Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) Refinery and the offshore FA Platform.

The shutdown is aimed at ensuring the integrity of equipment and systems at the GTL Refinery and FA Platform. PetroSA is required by law to undergo a maintenance shutdown of facilities every four years.

“We have a very proud record of executing our shutdowns on time and within budget. In appointing Group Five as the EMC [Engineering Management Contractor], we are confident it is a continuation of that proud record. Group Five is a well-established company, with lots of experience,” Dr Thabo Kgogo, PetroSA’s Vice President of Operations said.

Kgogo welcomed Group Five’s appointment, saying the company will assist PetroSA  in ensuring that the shutdown is executed with professionalism and expertise, while also adhering to environmental and safety requirements.

To ensure a successful shutdown, PetroSA identified 86 contracts (of which the EMC is but one) that have or will be awarded. These include numerous technology suppliers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), which will be involved in inspecting and overhauling compressors, turbines and complex electronic equipment.

All of these contracts will work very close with Group Five, and PetroSA will oversee and ensure the success of the shutdown.

The shutdown is expected to involve a combined workforce of about 4 000 full- and part-time employees. This is inclusive of temporary employees sourced from the Mossel Bay community.

During the 2009 shutdown, 80% of the total workforce was made up of people from the Mossel Bay area. PetroSA is confident of maintaining similar employment levels in the 2013 shutdown.

Group Five, a JSE-listed company, is a diversified construction, infrastructure concessions and related services group engaged in resources, energy, real estate and infrastructure delivery.

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