23/02/2011 - General News
Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said it was continuing to re-open its retail sites in the Christchurch region.
Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the company had now accounted for the safety of all of its employees and was focused on assisting staff and their families and delivering reliable supplies of fuel to Christchurch.
“At 11 o’clock this morning, 13 of our retail sites and four truckstops are open and trading and we expect to open more throughout the course of the following days when we are satisfied that they are safe.”
Mike Bennetts said it was obvious that the damage was greater than for the September quakes and it was possible that some sites might be closed for repairs for some weeks.
“Our tanks at Lyttelton appear to have come through the quake in relatively good shape, with no leakage. Inspections over the following days will determine when they can be safely used. Inspections of the port will also determine when deliveries into Lyttelton can resume.
“Greenstone has bulk tankage at the Port of Timaru and a large fuel delivery scheduled for Lyttelton has been diverted to Timaru and will discharge from 10pm this evening until all tanks are completely full. Fuel will then be bridged via trucks into Christchurch on an ongoing basis.”
Mike Bennetts said consumers should not be concerned about fuel supply to the city but asked consumers to assist the recovery effort and only purchase fuel that they really needed. If need be Greenstone will prioritise fuel to emergency services.
“We’re working closely with emergency services to ensure fuel deliveries to generators and machinery via our Mini Tankers direct refuelling business. We’re working closely with our competitors to co-ordinate resources and ensure secure supplies of fuel to the city,” he said.
Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change)