Convert Marsden Point to produce bio-crude: Bioenergy Association

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THE government is asleep at the wheel and should be pushing for the Marsden Point Refinery to be repurposed to produce bio-crude, says the executive officer of the Bioenergy Association

Shareholders in Refining NZ are set to vote on August 6 on whether to close the country’s only refinery, at Marsden Point in Northland, and switch instead to importing pre-refined fuels.

Brian Cox says the refinery has had a death wish for some time and hasn’t been exploring what it could do to help transition New Zealand to a low carbon economy.

He says the government needs to broaden its focus from renewable electricity and hydrogen and develop a bioenergy strategy.

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