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NZ Refining Says Unplanned Work Conducted at Marsden Refinery

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Refining Co. shut units at its Marsden Point oil refinery for unplanned maintenance, spokesman Greg McNeill said today, without providing details of what work was done or when it was performed.

The maintenance issue has “now been resolved,” McNeill said in an e-mailed response to questions. The 139,000 barrel-a-day refinery 130 kilometers (81 miles) northwest of Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, includes BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. among its shareholders.

Diesel supply in New Zealand is “very tight” and the shortage is likely to last weeks, the Otago Daily Times said on its website, citing Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Bailey. The lack of fuel is because of the Marsden Point closure and the shutdown of refineries in Japan after the earthquake, the Times said, without saying where it got the information.

“We produce diesel continuously at our Marsden Point facility and right now are doing everything we can to help our customers, including putting steps in place to increase” output, McNeill said, without detailing the measures.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Sharples in Melbourne at bsharples@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Clyde Russell at crussell7@bloomberg.net

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