The evaporator is installed at the Oceania Dairy plant.
Work on the milk factory being built near Glenavy has
The 47-metre-high dryer tower has had its dryer and
calandrias (heat exchangers) installed, a spokesman for
Oceania Dairy said.
The $210 million plant is being built beside State Highway 1
just north of the Waitaki River for the Chinese company Inner
Mongolia Yili Industrial Group. In April last year, the group
bought the 38ha site and resource consents from Oceania
''The generating bank and final boiler components have
arrived in New Zealand and are being completed in Timaru
prior to delivery to the Glenavy site in late March,'' the
The tower, with huge cranes alongside it, was the most
visible sign of progress, he said. But other buildings such
as offices, the services building and drystore were also well
on the way.
The water treatment and refrigeration contracts within the
services building had started and transformers were about to
be put in. Alpine Energy was on schedule with the electricity
supplies. With underground services on the site finished,
internal access roads were next.
''Roading has commenced at the drystore entranceway from
Cooneys Rd and the central car park, and this will continue
across the site in co-ordination with access requirements of
contractors completing other site works,'' the spokesman
Recruitment of staff was also taking place.
''We have filled 31 positions to date and have been really
pleased with the level of interest in our roles,'' Oceania
Dairy chief executive Aidan Johnstone said.
Forty more position were expected to be allocated in the next
five months, leading up to a permanent staff of 70 when the
factory was operating at full capacity.
The plant would then be capable of turning 300 million litres
of milk a year into 47,000 tonnes of milk powder.
It was on target to start accepting milk in August.
- by Sally Brooker