Township may keep pumps

Four proposals to operate Waikouaiti's service station are on the table, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board member Gerard Collings says.

The four proposals were being considered by site owners Maurice and Lynda Greer, he said.

Waikouaiti risked losing its fuel services after owner Greenstone Energy said it was closing Shell Waikouaiti, following an incident last month in which the station was damaged.

The community board has been helping secure another operator, and Mr Collings said he was confident of a deal.

He said none of the prospective operators were major fuel companies, with smaller operators showing interest.

Greenstone Energy spokesman Jonathan Hill said Greenstone, jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil, was co-operating with the parties to find a way to keep fuel available in Waikouaiti.

The station was not financially viable for Greenstone, he said.

- eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz

 

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