WOSL was incorporated in 1986, and took over management and operation of the terminal. It is owned by New Zealand’s main oil companies: BP, Mobil, Z Energy and Z Energy 2015 (formerly Chevron) but is run independently. The Marsden Point Terminal began operations in 1998.
When it was built, the Wiri Terminal was relatively isolated. The area was, at that time, largely used for rural purposes and quarries.
Since then, the neighbouring area has been developed and now includes the Auckland Region Women’s Correctional Facility. In 2012, the terminal and the fuel pipeline known as WAP – or Wiri to Airport Pipeline – were recognised as two of the country’s significant fuel distributors by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in its oil security review.
WOSL manages the Marsden Point Terminal from its Wiri base.
The terminals now store and distribute about 95% of the Auckland region’s fuel supplies and about 40% of New Zealand’s fuel supplies. WOSL now has 30 full-time staff plus contractors. Last year, WOSL was responsible for distributing around 9 million litres of fuel a day around New Zealand. It is now in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.