Westland Milk Products has been granted land-use consent for
a new dairy nutritionals drier on its Hokitika site, allowing
it to proceed with the $102 million project.
Subject to there being no appeals over the next 15 working
days, the company expected work to start almost immediately.
The drier would allow West-land to produce an additional
23,000 metric tonnes of nutritional product, such as infant
formula, each season.
The co-operative has engaged Babbage Engineers as project
managers and the plant will be built by Tetra Pak.
It was expected to be commissioned in August next year and
generate annual sales of $115 million when at full capacity.
Conditions imposed on the consent meant there would be almost
no additional impact on the environment as the factory would
still be able to operate under existing air and wastewater