A source with knowledge of operations said the flooding would not affect fuel supply as it is being imported.
Sapref’s sustainable development manager Hlengiwe Hlela said the refinery was flooded during the torrential rain in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Employees have managed to evacuate the buildings to higher ground.
“No injuries have been reported. The emergency response team is busy with a rescue mission and they are being airlifted to safety. Updates will be shared once we have more information,” said Hlela.
Workers at paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi, located in flood-ravaged Merebank a few kilometres away from Sapref, were also evacuated.