FUEL PIPELINE DISRUPTION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

           Updated: Monday 25 September 2017

Pipeline is fixed and fuel is flowing  

Refining NZ has confirmed that repairs to the Refinery to Auckland Pipeline have been completed, with fuel now flowing through the pipeline to the Wiri fuel terminal in South Auckland.

Jet fuel will be the first fuel grade to be pumped through the pipeline to Wiri. Before releasing it to Auckland Airport, the industry will take a typically rigorous approach in ensuring that the jet fuel meets global quality and safety standards. As is standard practice, jet fuel must settle for 30 hours before it can be pumped to the airport, at which point it must be retested and then certified for use. We anticipate that jet fuel will then be ready to load on planes from Tuesday morning.

Petrol and diesel will follow jet fuel out of the pipeline at Wiri, which will rebuild petrol and diesel stock at the terminal. Ground fuel supplies throughout the Z network have held up well despite the outage due to concerted trucking from other terminals, with only a small number of stock outs of ZX (95 Premium) at selected sites while we focused our trucking resources on 91 octane petrol and diesel.

While we will be busy building up our stock levels behind the scenes, we don’t expect any significant disruption to our customers. There continues to be plenty of fuel in the country, and any stock outs will be minimal and short-lived as we continue to truck in fuel from Mount Maunganui and Whangarei until Wiri is at full capacity. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the impact of Refining NZ’s pipeline outage. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook, twitter, by email (general@z.co.nz) or call our customer service team on 0800 474 355.