2018 Shutdown

In 2018 we embarked on a major planned maintenance shutdown. This involved a total shutdown of the refinery’s processing units and related utilities for the first time in 14 years. Completing many complex maintenance jobs across the refinery is critical to the ongoing safe and reliable running of our refinery and paves the way for future development at Marsden Point.

  • Major activity included maintenance on utilities systems which were shut for ten days to allow work on critical equipment and piping. Our hydrogen manufacturing unit also got a “re-life” to see it through for the next 20 or so years.
  • At its peak,1800 people were employed in shutdown activities including mechanical tradespeople, labourers, rigger-scaffolders, water blasters, safety watches, inspection staff, 60 crane drivers and other drivers.
  • A large proportion of the $85 million shutdown budget went to the Northland community through payments for employment, contracting, equipment, accommodation and other services.