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The South African Petroleum Industry
BY Louise Mitchell
South Africa
23 May 2018
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The South African Petroleum Industry


The focus of this detailed report is the manufacture of petroleum products from crude oil and natural gas, as well as the wholesale and retail trade of the products in South Africa. According to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), the fuel sector contributes about 6% to the country’s GDP while supplying some 18% of South Africa’s primary energy needs through annual sales of 27 billion litres of liquid fuels. In 2016 the nine members of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), who are the main manufacturers of petroleum products, had total assets of R125.1bn and made an operating profit of R19bn.


Current Production


Currently South Africa produces 5% of its fuel needs from gas, 35% from coal and 50% from local crude oil refineries. The most recent statistics show that nearly 80% of South Africa’s crude oil is imported through the single buoy mooring (SBM) system off the coast of Durban. Shell (26%), Engen (26%), BP (26%), Sasol Oil (16%) and Total (6%) own the SBM, which is managed and operated by SAPREF, the country’s largest oil refinery. Statistics show that domestic downstream refined product market has seen a gradual shift from being a net export market to a net import market in the last 15 years with approximately 8 billion litres a year being imported.


Report coverage


The South African Petroleum Industry looks at current conditions and refining capacity in the local sector and focuses on factors that influence the success of the industry. Key constraints to the country’s commercial production of biofuels which include the national regulatory environment and very high input costs are also discussed. Profiles for 61 companies involved in all sub-sectors of the industry are provided. Companies range from SMME Blue Chip Lubricants which recently sold 51% of the company to Lutramart Oils Pty Ltd, a black-owned lubricant distributor, and Chevron South Africa which announced its intention of selling 75% of its stake in Calref to China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) for R11.3bn in March 2017.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 6
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 6
2.1. Industry Value Chain 11
2.2. Geographic Position 14
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 16
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 26
4.1. Local 26
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 31
4.1.2. Regulations 33
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 39
4.2. Continental 41
4.3. International 46
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 48
5.1. Economic Environment 48
5.2. Government Initiatives 49
5.3. Pricing 50
5.4. The move to Clean Fuels 52
5.5. Operating Costs 53
5.6. Information Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 55
5.7. Labour 56
5.8. Environmental Concerns 59
6. COMPETITION 60
6.1. Barriers to Entry 62
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 63
8. OUTLOOK 64
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 65
10. REFERENCES 65
10.1. Publications 65
10.2. Websites 66
APPENDIX 1 68
Petrol, diesel and paraffin prices as of 2 May 2018 68
APPENDIX 2 69
Department of Energy RAS Benchmark Service Station Matrix as of September 2017 69
COMPANY PROFILES 70
AFRICAN WAX (PTY) LTD 70
AVIDITY ENERGY (PTY) LTD 71
BANZI TRADE 39 (PTY) LTD 72
BLACK KNIGHT OIL TRADERS (PTY) LTD 74
BLENDCOR (PTY) LTD 75
BLENDRITE CHEMICALS (PTY) LTD 77
BLUE CHIP LUBRICANTS (PTY) LTD 79
BP SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 81
CAMEL FUELS (PTY) LTD 83
CHEVRON SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 85
D H BROTHERS INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 88
DA MELROSE 90
DEOJAY PETROLEUM KZN (PTY) LTD 92
DESAMARK (PTY) LTD 94
DIESEL SUPPLY LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 96
EASIGAS (PTY) LTD 98
ECON OIL AND ENERGY (PTY) LTD 101
EFORA ENERGY LTD 103
ELEGANT FUEL (PTY) LTD 106
ENGEN PETROLEUM LTD 108
FINISHING TOUCH TRADING 540 (PTY) LTD 112
FORCE FUEL (PTY) LTD 113
FPS BULK DIESEL (PTY) LTD 115
FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 117
G PEARSON 119
GERM AFRICA (PTY) LTD 121
GOLDENGLO CANDLE AND SOAP MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 123
GULFSTREAM ENERGY (PTY) LTD 125
HAMMERTONE FUELS (PTY) LTD 127
HANDR SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 129
ILLOVO SUGAR AFRICA (PTY) LTD 131
IMBIZO PETROLEUM TRADERS (PTY) LTD 134
INDY OIL SA (PTY) LTD 135
JARS GALORE (PTY) LTD 137
KAPULA CANDLES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 139
KZN OILS (PTY) LTD 141
MABELE FUELS (RF) (PTY) LTD 143
MAKWANDE ENERGY TRADING (PTY) LTD 145
MASANA PETROLEUM SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 146
MDUBANE ENERGY SERVICES (PTY) LTD 148
MOTOLUBE (PTY) LTD 150
NATIONAL CANDLE AND WAX (PTY) LTD 152
NATIONAL PETROLEUM REFINERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 153
OMNIA HOLDINGS LTD 155
ORYX OIL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 159
PETROLEUM MARKETING ORGANIZATION (PTY) LTD 161
PETROLEUM OIL AND GAS CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA SOC LTD (THE) 163
PETROX (PTY) LTD 166
PISTON POWER CHEMICALS CC 167
PRIMAGAS CC 169
PUMA ENERGY SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 170
QUANTUM ENERGY CC 172
ROYALE ENERGY (PTY) LTD 173
SASOL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 175
SEA LAKE INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 178
SEBOKENG FUELS (PTY) LTD 180
SETOIL (PTY) LTD 182
SHELL AND BP SOUTH AFRICAN PETROLEUM REFINERIES (PTY) LTD 183
SHELL DOWNSTREAM SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 186
SPANJAARD LTD 188
SUNBIRD ENERGY HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 191
TIPUBLOX (PTY) LTD 193
TONGAAT HULETT LTD 194
TOSAS (PTY) LTD 199
TOTAL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 201
TOTALGAZ SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 204
TUNICA TRADING 59 (PTY) LTD 207
TWM PETROLEUM SERVICES (PTY) LTD 209
VAAL TRUCK INN (PTY) LTD 210
VALSAR PETROLEUM (PTY) LTD 211
VIVO ENERGY PLC 212
VRYHEID PETROLEUM (PTY) LTD 215
WINKELHAAK VERSPREIDERS CC 216
ZAS PETROLEUM (PTY) LTD 218