(EnergyAsia, October 28, Wednesday) — Oil major BP has been given the green light to build a 50-million-litre fuel storage terminal at Port Howard in New Zealand despite objections from residents near the site.

The proposed project, which was subject to a four-day consent hearing, will consist of seven new storage tanks to be built in three phases over 15 years. The first phase could cost as much as NZ$25 million. (US$1=NZ$1.34).

 The three commissioners who heard submissions and feedback from the public approved the decision, which critics said would allow BP to discharge potentially contaminated water into a stormwater system flowing into Wellington Harbour.