First fuel flowing down the repaired pipeline
‘‘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.