The closure of this important piece of NZ infrastructure holds huge significance for every Kiwi -whether we each realise it yet, or not.
It is clear that it is a seminal part of this government steering us off-course, towards a future in which our once proud and independent People will have a severely-reduced ability as a functioning, self-reliant and sovereign nation.
Liz Gunn of FreeNZ talks to Dig In At Marsden protest leaders Brad Flutey and Craig Kelly.
kelly has been working in the oil and gas industry for 20 years. He’s been a contractor at Marsden Point since 1994/95.
Gunn asked Flutey why should anyone care about Marsden Point Refinery?
‘This strategic asset, this piece of infrastructure didn’t just create refined fuel. It created very good quality bitchumen, sulphur for fertiliser, CO2 for our food industry, and it created high-spec jet fuel, diesel and petrol. And that wasn’t the limit it could’ve done. It could’ve turned waste into fuel. It could’ve turned CO2 in the atmosphere into fuel. It could’ve been turned into a regenerative energy hub. The sky’s the limit for oil and gas in this country. Except what’s happned is some ideologues from university have found a shortcut into management and over 10 years have used subversion to turn it into what they’re now proposing, a solar farm.
‘People have got to remember, you’ve paid millions to upgrade this refinery. And for all intents and purposes, you should own this infrastructure. And now it’s being pulled apart, the cables cut off… and there’s an investor presentation that states that this should become a solar farm.’
‘Is it too Late?’ asked Gunn.
‘The reality is we don’t actually have a choice. The issues coming with relying on international monopolies is already apparent.’
‘We’re going to run out of fuel. We’re going to get off-grade products [eg poor quality bitcumen],’ said Kelly.