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Port strike unlikely to impact Z customers

12/03/2018 - General News

Sheena Thomas

Z Energy says that despite the potential closure of Lyttelton Port, Z customers are unlikely to be impacted by fuel shortages during the currently defined period of industrial action.

The fuel industry, including Z, has been notified by Lyttelton Port Company that industrial action is planned at Lyttelton port, scheduled for 13-25 March inclusive.

This may result in the closure of Lyttelton Port during this time period, which will affect Z’s ability to receive fuel cargoes arriving in Lyttelton then. Consequently, Z has been putting measures in place to minimise the impact of any port closure.

Z’s General Manager of Supply and Distribution, David Binnie, said that Z was confident it could minimise the impact of the port closure on ground fuels for the planned strike period on the basis of normal demand.

“While this action is outside of our control, our customers are our priority and we are committed to minimising any fuel disruption or impact this action may have on their plans or on their business.

“Due to the scale of our supply and distribution business we have been able to investigate and implement a number of changes which give us confidence of being able to supply ground fuel reliably throughout the shut-down period currently outlined.

“We are also currently investigating options and contingency plans for any extended industrial action,” says David.

Some of these changes included organising additional fuel deliveries in advance of the potential strike action, re-commissioning a currently unused tank to provide additional storage in Lyttelton, and increasing fuel haulage from Z’s terminal in Timaru.