The Company has operated in South Africa for over 100 years, and was founded in 1911 as the Texaco Company (South Africa) Ltd. The retail arm of the business, Caltex, was established in 1936 out of a partnership between the two parent companies (Chevron and Texaco). In 1940 the Company’s name was changed to Caltex (Africa) Ltd and then to Caltex Oil (SA) Ltd in 1964. The refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town was built in 1966, significantly increasing the company’s investments in South Africa and the Company was then converted into a private company in 1975. In 2005 a merger between Chevron and Texaco led to the formation of Chevron South Africa.
On 27 September 2018, Astron Energy entered the South African market through a majority acquisition of the former Chevron South Africa Pty (Ltd). Astron Energy currently operates the Caltex brand and products under license from Chevron.
Astron Energy has now taken the opportunity to consolidate its operations under a single, unifying brand identity. This means Astron Energy becomes the overarching brand across corporate, commercial, and retail, and will be the public face of the Company at all forecourts and other key sites. This is an important step in Astron Energy’s ambition to become the biggest fuel brand in South Africa.
The existing network of over 850 Caltex service stations in South Africa and Botswana will be rebranded in a phased manner as part of an exciting site refresh and upgrade initiative to be undertaken over the next few years.
Astron Energy operates the second largest crude oil refinery in South Africa. The refinery, situated in Milnerton, Cape Town has a production capacity of 100, 000 barrels a day producing petrol, diesel, jet fuel, liquefied gas and other specialty products for the Western Cape and which it also exports to other African countries. In 2013, our refinery stimulated production to the value of R 95 billion into the South African economy, it also supports directly and indirectly 56 916 jobs, about 0.4 percent of total employment in South Africa.
Our key strategies are centered around operating safely, providing reliable supply to customers and being the most efficient operators. We currently serve our customer base within the Retail, Commercial, Aviation and Marine markets, including Botswana, from 15 terminals in South Africa operated by Astron Energy or our Industry partners.
In Durban, Astron Energy operates a lubricants manufacturing plant that was constructed in 1955. The plant has since received significant investments to develop it into a world class facility with a total blending capacity of 60 million liters per year. The lubricants plant produces our flagship brands such as Havoline and Delo, as well as specialized lubricants for both local and regional markets covering industrial, commercial and consumer requirements.