Fuel trucks remain on the road despite pipe fix

The fuel pipeline from the Marsden Point Refinery to south Auckland which crippled New Zealand air travel after

The 170km pipeline - which carries jet fuel, petrol and diesel between the refinery and airport - has been out of action since it ruptured more than a week ago.

More than 140,000 litres of jet fuel was trucked to Auckland Airport yesterday, with 151,000 litres expected to arrivet today. During the crisis ground fuel supplies in Auckland held up.

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

Pipeline fix: status update The first batch of jet fuel arrived at Wiri at 10.09am this morning.

The race to fix the pipeline is on and it's been confirmed a digger caused the damage.

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

He said it was likely that jet fuel would be the priority for the restored pipe, and there could be more trucks carrying auto fuel while it was operating at a reduced capacity.

On Saturday, the coastal vessel Matuku delivered 1.5m litres of jet fuel into converted chemical tanks at Wynyard Wharf in downtown Auckland, providing an additional jet fuel supply point in the city.

That was expected to be ready for distribution by Wednesday.

Fuel industry spokesman Andrew McNaught said an operating committee would continue to consider the fuel allocations to airline customers on a daily basis and the allocations would be eased as soon as possible.



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