Story: Mining and underground resources

Oil tanker at Marsden Point

Oil tanker at Marsden Point

New Zealand’s only oil refinery was built at Marsden Point, near Whangārei, in the 1960s. A deep-water berth was developed to handle Northland’s exports, including about half the refinery’s oil output, as well as logs and timber. Crude oil for refining was also unloaded there. This large oil tanker is being manoeuvred by three tugs.

By 2003 the Marsden Point refinery was producing 70% of New Zealand’s petrol and 90% of its diesel. It was shut down in 2022.

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - The mining industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006