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Fuel customers of Refining New Zealand said they remained confident of maintaining ground fuel supplies into Auckland, supported by initiatives enabled by government.
Additionally, alternative jet fuel supply options and increased confidence in the Refining New Zealand pipeline repair timetable will see airline fuel allocations move from 30 per cent to 50 per cent at midnight tonight.
One week into the outage, Refining New Zealand remains committed to the pipeline being repaired and pumping again between Sunday 24 and Tuesday 26 September.
Andrew McNaught, representing the customers of the refinery, said the industry was making very good progress on a number of fronts to streamline supply of fuel into Auckland.
The industry is working to repurpose a former chemical tank at Wynyard Wharf to hold jet fuel. The industry coastal vessel, Matuku, is scheduled to arrive into Ports of Auckland on 23 September to discharge jet fuel and diesel into the Wynyard Wharf terminal.
If product quality and safety requirements can be met, having jet fuel available at Wynyard Wharf would help ease the pressure on fuel stocks at Wiri and provide an additional jet fuel supply point in Auckland City.
Today industry plans to truck the first loads of jet fuel to Auckland Airport from the new jet truck loading facility at Whangarei and, while the contribution to overall jet stocks will be limited, it represents another supply option to boost supplies of jet fuel into Auckland.
Additionally, through a reconfiguration of tanks and pipelines, an additional 300,000 litres of jet fuel storage at Christchurch Airport will come on stream tomorrow at 7am, further supporting airlines that are required to refuel in Christchurch.
Andrew McNaught said it was these factors combined which gave the industry sufficient confidence to increase airline allocations as of midnight tonight. He noted that while these allocations would increase further over time with a successful pipeline repair, they could also go backwards if the timeline was to slip.
“Increasing the allocations will be welcomed by airlines and, once again, the industry thanks our airline customers, and their customers in turn, for their patience and professionalism.”
Assuming the repair goes to plan, the next scheduled revision of the airline fuel allocations is for Monday.
While the Matuku heads towards Wynyard Wharf, the industry’s second coastal vessel, Kakariki, is on its way to Lyttelton, where it will be discharging jet fuel, as well as other fuel grades. Kakariki will be closely followed by import vessel Axios, also discharging diesel and jet fuel at Lyttelton. Immediately behind this is the import vessel Stena Paris, also discharging jet fuel and 98 unleaded fuel.
A one million litre diesel tank at Hutt City Terminal in Wellington has been converted to a jet fuel tank and will be filled by the Matuku on 26 September to support a number of other regional airports.
Jet fuel stocks at Wellington Airport remain healthy with the import vessel Axios due to arrive on September 25 to top up all tanks.
“The industry is doing all that it can to work together, and with the government to minimise any disruption,” said Andrew McNaught.
“Defence Force personnel are on the task to support the industry and this is a welcome contribution to the effort to maintain secure supplies into Auckland.
“Industry remains confident that it can maintain the supply of ground transport fuels into Auckland with minimal interruption.”
Andrew McNaught is the Manager of Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and is the spokesperson representing the customers of Refining NZ.
For further enquiries, please contact Rob Fitzgerald, Mobil Public Affairs on +64 (0)2 7808 6029. From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September, please contact Torben Akel, Mobil Public Affairs on +64 (0)2 1942 051.
Energy said good stocks of 95 octane fuel into Auckland were continuing to be trucked and there should be no concern for Z’s 95 octane customers.
Z’s corporate communications manager, Jonathan Hill, said in the early stages of the refinery outage the company prioritised delivery of the two essential product grades into Auckland, being 91 octane petrol and diesel.
Ninety per cent of petrol vehicles can run on 91.
As a result of this deliberate focus, four service stations ran out of 95 octane petrol yesterday. There may be a few more today but all grades of fuel are being trucked into the city and there is no cause for concern.
Jonathan Hill said following progress from government around trucking limits Z was looking forward to being able to further expand trucking of all grades into Auckland.
In a first for New Zealand, tickets to opening night screenings of a feature film will be available free nationwide, so that as many Kiwis as possible can see An Inconvenient Sequel when it’s released on August 24.
A decade after Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that highlights the perils of unmitigated climate change and the need for more action.
Z Energy and Paramount Pictures have partnered to offer 3,000 free tickets on opening night at 24 cinemas across the country, with tickets becoming available next week.
Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said Z’s free screenings are aimed at sparking a nationwide conversation about climate change.
“Z believes climate change is one of the greatest problems facing our world and we all have a role – companies, governments and individuals alike - to play in solving it, starting in our own backyards.
“The film’s release comes at a critical time when New Zealanders still have a chance to make a difference by uniting to make both small changes and to call for action from business and government,” Mike said.
Paramount Pictures New Zealand Marketing Manager, Jo Maclaren, added Z’s support would help share the film’s critical message about the threat of climate change.
“Never before have this many free tickets to a film been made available to the New Zealand public on opening day. It’s great Z could make it happen on a film that has potential to bring climate change to the forefront of conversation and lead to action.”
The free tickets, cinema locations and session times will be listed on movietimes.nz/ais.
For more information about the film or free screenings please contact:
Paramount Publicity Manager, Spencer Dowson, (09) 303 2299, email@example.com
Z Corporate Communications, Georgina Ball, (04) 498 0132, Georgina.Ball@z.co.nz
About Z Energy
Z is the country’s largest provider of transport energy, with more than 200 service stations around the country and a large commercial network. Z is committed to making a difference in the communities it operates in, including by being part of the solution to climate change through moving away from selling fossil fuels to more sustainable transport energy solutions.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
Z Energy has been announced as a 2017 Aon Hewitt ‘Best Employer’ for the third year running, achieved during a year characterised by executing one of New Zealand’s biggest acquisitions.
This annual award recognises the best employers across Australasia based on employee engagement scores and people management practices.
Z’s General Manager of People and Culture, Sharlene Taylor, said the company had put special focus on maintaining engagement throughout the challenging process of bringing two companies together, following the acquisition of Chevron New Zealand last year.
“Historically the biggest risks of mergers and acquisitions are the risks of staff disengagement, when companies put two businesses together and hope for the best.
“Z took this risk off the table with an unconventional way of merging two cultures and people, taking a broader perspective on how we defined success of the acquisition.
“Throughout the acquisition Z had a mantra of one company, one team, one strategy and that’s what we consider success to be, not just achieving financial synergies. This is extremely hard to achieve, if not impossible, without putting the focus on the key area of people integration,” Sharlene said.
Z attributes some of its success to its investment in senior leaders ahead of deal, to make sure the business understood the Chevron New Zealand culture and what was important to its people.
“Understanding the culture enabled us to take our existing and new people on the journey to becoming one integrated company, therefore keeping our people engaged and passionate about working at Z, even as they experienced large-scale change,” Sharlene said.
“Engagement is critical to a high performance workplace, so getting a good result at these awards, now that we are a much bigger business, is really important to us.”
For the first time Z Retailers, who operate Z’s more than 200 service stations on the company’s behalf, have also been recognised as best employers as a separate entity, reflecting work that’s gone into engaging Z’s 2,000 retail site staff.
For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132
Z Energy is installing new anti-theft technology around Auckland to make it even harder to steal tobacco.
Fifty high security steel tobacco dispensing machines are being installed, as the company seeks to protect retail staff by deterring would-be robbers.
The automated units are locked at all times with restricted access only and can dispense just one pack of tobacco at a time. Staff have no access to keys to open the machines between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
Z General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Z is focused on keeping robbers out and if they do get into a site there will now be nothing of value to steal.
“We are locking away tobacco so there is simply no point targeting Z and robbers would be wasting their time.”
The machines are the latest in a series of moves by Z to protect staff and make sites resistant to attacks, including fog cannons, bollards, safe rooms for staff, an $8 million high definition CCTV system and security film on glass to make it very difficult to break.
Mark said every person has a right to do their job safely and feel safe at work.
“As attempted robberies continue to put communities at risk Z is making safety a priority by doing what it takes to protect our front line staff,” said Mark.
Z is working closely with the New Zealand Police to share intelligence and do anything it can to assist in arrests after attacks on service stations.
Detective Senior Sergeant, Albie Alexander, of the Counties Manukau Major Crime Team said police cannot solve this problem alone, so it’s great to see retailers taking preventative measures to keep their staff safe.
“We will continue to work closely with our community, including Z Energy to help prevent these types of crimes. These are serious offences punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment and police are focused on holding those who commit these offences to account.”
Good in the Hood is a community funding programme that awards over a million dollars every year to around 800 Kiwi groups doing good for people or the environment in the area around each local Z.
Every Z service station has chosen four groups to support in 2017 and will share $4000 between them. Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token each time they shop at Z during May.
Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said the need that each group is addressing will be labelled on the voting booths, so locals can see the impact the funding will have.
“The range of needs has highlighted the scope of help needed across New Zealand. Good in the Hood empowers communities to come up with solutions to these needs,” Christine said
This year all groups were required to have a local representative, resulting in more small, grass-roots groups in the programme than ever before.
“Local groups often know best what change or help is most needed in communities so it’s exciting that Good in the Hood is incubating lots of small groups, to help them get off the ground,” Christine said.
On top of the $4000, every Z service station has an additional $1,000 to use for discretionary Good in the Hood neighbourhood support in 2017.
This year environmental groups were eligible to apply for the programme, so Kiwis will be able to vote to support an environmental need at some sites.
To find out more head to our Good in the Hood page.
For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132 or 021 191 1433
Z Energy service stations in Auckland are re-opening their carwashes today.
All Z service stations across Auckland closed their carwashes to help save water during the region's water crisis in March.
While the carwashes use a large amount of recycled water the company deemed it best to shut them to save as much fresh water as possible.
The decision to re-open the carwashes has been made after local authorities announced on Monday that the water crisis was officially over.
People can find their nearest carwash at z.co.nz/Z2O.
Z helps the EV revolution by adding more rapid charging stations
Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network.
The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the other 6 rapid-charge stations Z has already installed for public use in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The locations of the new charging stations in Warkworth, Turangi and Taupo at Z Tauhara, have been selected to help plug gaps in New Zealand’s network of electric highways.
Sustainability Manager, Jonathan Hill, said the charging stations would provide more charging options outside the main centres.
“Z is committed to supporting the adoption of technology and alternative fuels that help the shift away from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly options.
“Having more charging stations will make an electric vehicle a more appealing option for people, by stopping them worrying they’ll get stuck without power,” Jonathan said.
A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel about 120 kilometres.
Last year people charging up at Z saved an estimated 20 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of a medium sized petrol car taking more than 130 trips from Auckland to Wellington.
ChargeNet Chief Executive, Steve West, said Z’s new strategically placed charging stations will help in his mission to make it possible to drive an EV from Auckland to Wellington by the end of next year without any range anxiety.
“At this rate we will soon have charging stations every 40-80kms on the main highway and Z is helping make this possible,” he said.
Installing EV charging stations is just one of Z’s investments in the environment along with building the country’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant and smaller steps including using more LED lighting, switching to compostable coffee cups at Z Espress service stations and adding environmental groups to Good in the Hood this year.
Z Energy’s first ever scholarship recipients are graduating today with bachelor degrees, as Z works to help front-line staff have options for careers beyond the forecourt.
Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said the scholarships make a positive difference in communities by supporting the career aspirations of local retail staff.
“More than 3,000 Kiwis are employed at Z service stations across the country, so our commitment to communities needs to start at home by helping frontline staff and their families access higher education.
“The first graduates, Luana Tupou from Whitianga and Nathan Taramai from Christchurch, have shown what’s possible when hard work, determination, and the right support are combined,” Christine said.
Z Whitianga Site Manager, Luana, is the first in her family to attend university so graduating marks a significant milestone for her and her whanau.
“When I found out I’d been selected for the scholarship it was a pretty big shock, I’d been out of school for 20 years.
“I came across a big challenges during my study—first my father passed away, then I was diagnosed with cancer—– but the experience has helped me grow,” Luana said.
Nathan’s worked his way from the forecourt to operations manager, overseeing 14 Canterbury Z sites.
“Ten years ago when I was a forecourt concierge I never imagined I’d end up here. My goal now is to help the people I’m managing aim big,” Nathan said.
For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Ball:
04 498 0132, 021 191 1433