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We work hard every day to protect our local environment

We are mindful of the coastal setting in which we operate, and the importance of that environment for Northlanders.

  • Our environmental performance is carefully managed and monitored to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects on the environment.
  • We achieve this through our Environmental Management System which is certified to the ISO 14001 standard. Our pipeline to the Wiri fuel terminal is also certified to this standard.
  • Resource consents with strict limits are set and monitored by the Northland Regional Council. This monitoring is supported by regular environmental testing carried out at our onsite laboratory.

Emergency response team

Our Emergency Services team provides a 24 hour response to any emergency at the refinery. They are a recognized industrial brigade and train volunteers and other fire emergency personnel from across New Zealand.

Oil spill response

Our trained responders are an important part of a regional coordinated oil spill response, and work closely with the Northland Regional Council and Maritime New Zealand.

The refinery’s maritime oil spill response shed stores equipment (containment booms, skimmers, oil skimming vessel) for all three organisations and our responders participate in regional training exercises.

Waste minimisation and recycling

Steel, aluminium, paper and other waste from the refinery is recycled responsibly. As part of our waste management programme, we recycle more than 190 tonnes of material, including steel, aluminium and paper every year.

Discharges to Water

All wastewater from process units, stormwater, the effluent water treatment plant and the groundwater recovery system is collected in our stormwater basin prior to discharge to Whangarei Harbour.  Our discharge is continually monitored to ensure it remains within the strict quality limits of our resource consent. Hydrocarbons removed during wastewater treatment are recycled for processing in the refinery.

In the last four years we have invested $25 million in improving our wastewater treatment systems to ensure they remain robust, particularly during heavy weather events.