A BP fuel storage terminal has been given the go-ahead despite the objections of local residents of Seaview, New Zealand.
The decision, which follows a four-day consent hearing, allows the company to build seven storage tanks on a site at Pt Howard.
It also allows BP to discharge potentially contaminated water into the storm water system which flows into Wellington Harbour, though the company says the water will be clean.
Any adverse effects from discharges to the storm water system would be no more than minor because of BP's measures to stop fuel contaminating such water, the commissioners said.
BP has welcomed the decision, which was backed by both Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington regional council. But residents say the consents are sad for the harbour.
The hearing ruled that the terminal was appropriate for an industrial area and would be in the wider regional interest in terms of supplying fuel.
Construction on the terminal could begin by early next year and take 15 years to build over three stages. The first stage is expected to cost between AU$20 million (11.8 million) and $25m. The terminal will be able to store more than 50 million litres. The project is expected to create 45 jobs.