30 Sep 2017

Jet fuel levels return to normal after crisis

10:00 am on 30 September 2017

Jet fuel allocations at Auckland Airport are back to normal levels, a fortnight after a pipeline ruptured.

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The pipeline from the Marsden Point refinery was out of action for 10 days in September because of the rupture, forcing airlines to reduce their fuel usage to 30 percent of normal allocations.

The fuel rationing created major disruption, forcing airlines to cancel and reschedule dozens of domestic and international flights.

After the pipeline was fixed, fuel allocations were incrementally increased to 50 percent and then 80 percent.

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins said 100 percent of allocations had now been restored.

The pipeline itself would only be operating at 80 percent capacity into next year, but trucks were still bringing fuel to the airport from Wynyard Wharf in Auckland.

"The fuel companies are looking at their logistics to ensure use of the pipeline and fuel being trucked in from outside of Auckland is balanced, and continues to ensure demand is met."

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