Astron Energy, a Glencore group company, is a leading supplier of petroleum products in Southern Africa, with a vast network of service stations (over 850 being converted in the next 4 years) that will make us the second-largest petroleum network in the region.
We are strongly committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, promoting education, health and economic development in an effort to build stronger communities and drive sustainable economic growth.
We own and operate the country’s third-largest crude oil refinery in Cape Town, which has a daily nameplate crude processing capacity of 100,000 barrels and a lubricant manufacturing plant in Durban.
Part of South Africa’s history for over 100 years
Although Astron Energy entered the South African market in 2018 (through a majority acquisition of the former Chevron South Africa Pty (Ltd) by Glencore South Africa Oil Investment (Pty) Ltd) the legacy company has been around for ages!
For more than a century, we have played a significant role in South Africa’s economy and heritage, a journey that started when our first crude oil cargo was imported into South Africa in 1911 to help meet the country’s fuel needs.
In 1936, motorists were first introduced to the Caltex brand and the Caltex star logo, the result of a joint venture between the former owners Standard Oil of California (later Chevron) and Texaco. 1955 saw the establishment of the Caltex Lubricant Manufacturing Plant in Durban. In 1966, we further strengthened our position as a key investor in South Africa with the construction of our refinery in Cape Town.
Since 2018, Astron Energy has been operating the Caltex brand under a license agreement with Chevron. Over the next few years, all Caltex branded service stations in South Africa and Botswana will be rebranded to Astron Energy in a phased manner. This makes Astron Energy the overarching brand across the corporate, commercial, and retail channels of the business.