Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Announcement

GENERAL: NZR: Refinery welcomes Council finding on pipeline rupture

02 Feb 2018 11:59NZX
Refining NZ has welcomed the Northland Regional Council (NRC) finding that
the refinery had no causative role in the September pipeline rupture, as well
as its commendation for the refinery''s outstanding response.

NRC concluded that the discharge was beyond the control of Refining NZ which
had a suite of very extensive protective measures, checks and other
precautions to prevent damage to the pipeline. NRC also concluded Refining NZ
could not reasonably have foreseen or provided against the damage.

Commenting, Chief Executive Officer, Sjoerd Post said: "It is pleasing that
after reviewing the external expert reports and having witnessed first-hand
our containment and recovery processes, the Council has decided not to
prosecute."

Post confirmed that remediation work around the pipe repair site was
completed before Christmas while the last piece of remediation work on an
adjacent farm drain is expected to be completed over the next 8-10 weeks.

ENDS

For information:
Greg McNeill; M: 021 873 623; E: greg.mcneill@refiningnz.com
End CA:00313704 For:NZR    Type:GENERAL    Time:2018-02-02 11:59:53
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