First fuel flow­ing down the re­paired pipe­line

Manukau Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘Once it has fin­ished ar­riv­ing at Wiri, it will take 30 hours for the fuel to set­tle.’’

The first batch of jet fuel has been pumped from North­land to Auck­land since a rup­tured 170km fuel pipe­line was re­paired.

The pipe­line sup­plies vir­tu­ally all fuel to the city, in­clud­ing jet fuel to Auck­land Air­port. It’s been out of ac­tion since last Thurs­day af­ter tear­ing due to dig­ger dam­age.

It was re­paired on Satur­day. Seven mil­lion litres of jet fuel ar­rived at the Wiri ter­mi­nal about mid­day on Sun­day.

Auck­land Air­port was ex­pected to be re­con­nected to a steady stream of jet fuel from Tues­day, Energy and Re­sources Min­is­ter Ju­dith Collins said.

‘‘The new sec­tion of pipe­line has been welded, cer­ti­fied, pres­surised and the first batch of jet fuel is now ar­riv­ing at the Wiri ter­mi­nal in South Auck­land,’’ she said.

‘‘Once it has fin­ished ar­riv­ing at Wiri, it will take 30 hours for the fuel to set­tle. It is ex­pected to be ready to load on planes from the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.’’

The pipe­line would op­er­ate at 80 per cent un­til fur­ther tests were car­ried out over the next few months.

Three tankers travel be­tween Mars­den Point and the air­port twice daily, Collins said, with five trucks ex­pected on the road on Mon­day.

Mo­bil and BP had been trans­port­ing jet fuel out of the new truck load­ing fa­cil­ity at Whangarei over the week­end, with Z be­gin­ning truck­ing ef­forts on Mon­day.

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