Refining New Zealand, the owner and operator of the country's only oil refinery at Marsden Point, has started production at its new petrol manufacturing unit.
It has spent $365 million on the new facility, which has taken four years to build and replaces a 55-year-old unit, and will produce about two thirds of the country's petrol.
Refining New Zealand chief executive Sjoerd Post said the large capital project was a significant investment and it would boost its earnings.
"It's going to be a financially attractive proposition ... in terms of cashflow, we expect it will add $50 to $55 million to the bottom line, which is significant."
The refining margins are expected to increase by nearly $US1 to between $US6 and $US7 a barrel.
The new unit will also cut the refinery's carbon emissions by about 120,000 tonnes a year through improved efficiency.
Mr Post said the new unit would also lift the refinery's efficiency to keep it competitive with mega-refineries in Singapore and Korea.