Hydrocarbon solvents

The Sapref refinery situated in Durban produces the following speciality grades of hydrocarbon solvents for the Southern Africa market.

Aliphatics

BP's brand names for grades in this category are: Hexane, Cleaning Benzine and Odourless Kerosene. These paraffinic solvents have low aromatic content and industrial applications include:
  • Oil extraction
  • Rubber
  • Paints
  • Degreasing
  • Carriers for aerosols
  • Disinfectants
  • Chemical processes

Low aromatics

BP's brand names for grades in this category are: White Spirits, Superturps or Laws and Mining Solvent.

This range of hydrocarbon solvents are produced for:
  • The paint industry
  • The manufacture of high grade waxes & polishes
  • Use in the uranium extraction process
  • Coal beneficiation
  • Dry cleaning
  • Metal cutting operations

High aromatics

BP's brand names for grades in this category are as follows: Medium Aromatics MA 100/140.

This range of hydrocarbon solvents is used in:
  • Compounded products for degreasing (thinners)
  • Paints
  • Printing inks
  • Insecticides
  • Agricultural chemicals

Pure solvents

Pure solvent grades with characteristic low odour, good colour and varying drying rates are widely used as:
  • Solvents or dilutents in the manufacture of resins, surface coatings, inks and adhesives
  • Chemical manufacturing ingredients