An application for alterations to the layout of Solid
Energy's briquetting plant near Mataura has been approved by
commissioners appointed by the Gore District Council.
In their written decision released this week commissioners
David Pullar and David Whitney signed off on changes to the
layout of the site, the location of the entrance and exit,
along with variations to the earth bund and fencing.
Solid Energy said in its application that changes to the bund
and fencing, around the edges of the site in Craig Rd, were
possible because noise-reduction measures on plant machinery
had resulted in less reliance on the bund to reduce noise
from the site.
The bund specification has been reduced in both height and
base-width but would be wider at the top, while the original
solid wooden fence would be replaced by a 2m-high shade-cloth
fence topped with wire.
Changes to the site layout involve shifting the plant's
control room from the west of the drier to the east and the
inclusion in the plans of the boiler's feed conveyor, which
had been omitted from the original plan.
In their decision, commissioners found the changes requested
by Solid Energy did not alter either the actual or potential
effects of the activity that had been granted consent last
They determined that the changes to the entrance and exit
would have a positive effect on traffic flow and the
Approval was subject to two new conditions requiring the
fence and shade cloth installed on the bund to be kept in a
tidy condition, and allowing the council to serve notice on
Solid Energy to deal with any "adverse effects" on the
environment resulting from the appearance and state of the
One condition was also amended to remove any mention of a
10,000-litre diesel tank as approval for the tank is to be
the subject of a separate application for resource consent.
Solid Energy's briquetting plant is under construction on
industrial-zoned land, near State Highway 1, just south of
It will process about 148,000 tonnes of low-grade lignite
coal from a nearby mine annually, turning it into 90,000
tonnes of higher-quality briquettes suitable as fuel for
households and industries. A total of 15,000 tonnes of
lignite will be required annually to fire the plant's on-site
The coal will be transported to the plant from the New Vale
mine, near Waimumu.
The briquette plant is the first of three projects planned
for lignite from the Waimumu, Croydon and Mataura areas.