Story: Northland region

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

New Zealand’s only oil refinery was built at Marsden Point, near Whangārei, in the 1960s. By 2003, it was producing 70% of New Zealand’s petrol and 90% of its diesel. A deep-water berth was developed to handle Northland’s exports, including about half the refinery’s oil output, and logs and timber. Crude oil was also unloaded there until the refinery closed in 2022.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015