Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Assurances no fuel shortage in Auckland

Assurances no fuel shortage in Auckland

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood confirmed oil companies were rationing fuel supplies to airlines.

The pipeline is the only provider of jet fuel to the airport, which is the busiest and largest in the country.

"Oil companies are responsible for transporting, storing and supplying fuel for use by airlines at the airport, and as a result of the pipeline damage, the oil companies are now rationing the amount of fuel they are supplying to airlines", it said.

"The decision has been made to retain that 30 per cent allocation until next Thursday", he said.

She says that the restricted supply means Fiji Airways only receive a percentage of the fuel they usually carry.

The JUHI storage facility can accommodate 12 million liters of jet fuel at its storage tanks, which are located on the Auckland Airport precinct, the airport said.

New Zealand's air traffic control provider Airways said on its website on Tuesday it was implementing fuel conservation measures to help alleviate the impact of the fuel shortage, and up to 10 days of disruption to passengers was expected.

These include five Australian services, two Fiji services and a return service to Vietnam.

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"In fact, the airlines have done a fantastic job of rehousing those passengers on to other flights, which means anecdotally few passengers have been left behind at this stage", he said. The company recently said that most of the leak had been recovered.

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins on Wednesday announced a industry-government group had been set up to oversee the supply restoration.

Air New Zealand has been forced to halt ticket sales on some worldwide routes due to an ongoing fuel shortage at Auckland.

A pipeline breach, apparently caused by an errant digger working on a rural property, has forced the cancellation of dozens of flights since Sunday, with knock-on effects across the country.

Meanwhile, Auckland Council says it's looking at taking steps to give tankers easier routes through traffic with controlled traffic lights and bus lanes if needed.

He further stated that there is no shortage of petrol or diesel in and around the city, despite some stations on Tuesday reporting being out of premium fuel as they prioritised 91 and diesel.

Mayor Phil Goff said he's been given assurances the city won't run out of auto fuel with Mobil Oil NZ manager Andrew McNaught, speaking for the fuel industry, saying supplies are healthy.

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