A news report in The Northern Advocate Last week claimed that decommissioning work at the Marsdent Point Refinery had reached the point of no return.
However, ‘Kiwi’ a member of the Dig In At Marsden protest on site at the refinery, and half of the popular ‘Kiwi & Sue’ Telegram Channel disagreed.
The Northern Advocate report began:
There’s no going back to refining crude oil at Marsden Point.
That’s the word from Channel Infrastructure, as most of the decommissioning work is complete, just months after the site was turned into an import-only terminal.
The new company said the decommissioning project was more than 70 percent complete, and the plant has effectively been dismantled internally. Only the shells and structures remain.
‘It’s not possible to reverse that work that’s been done, it’s a permanent process and not a mothballing of the plant,’ Channel Infrastructure chief executive Naomi James said.
All cabling at the refinery has been cut at the ground, and heat exchanger bundles removed to be sent offsite for recycling.
In a post on the Horus Media Telegram Channel, Kiwi disagreed, saying the cables can be relaid, and most of the $360 million structure was still in place.
‘Without this, we’re screwed,’ he said. ‘This supplied 70% of our fuel requirements for New Zealand. And you’re just going to let this go like this? In this time, when you’ve got the South China Sea contested, where all our oil and refined products get shipped down, with the disagreement between China, Taiwan and the US? This is the exact time in history that this place needs to be reinstated. So don’t give up because some moron says it’s impossible.’