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Work on the underground services at Oceania Dairy's $214 million dairy factory at Glenavy has been completed and roading preparation works within the site have started.
The latest update on progress on the plant said the project was still on target for completion in time to take milk in August.
Site works on the water treatment, wastewater treatment and chilled water facilities were under way.
The dryer tower was not far short of its final height of 47m and the focus was now moving to the installation and assembly of the dryer and associated plant.
Construction of other buildings, including offices, the services building and the dry store, were all well advanced.
Critical boiler components were due to arrive at PrimePort Timaru soon and would be transported to the site following further assembly in Timaru.
At full capacity, the plant would be capable of processing 300 million litres of milk a year, generating 47,000 tonnes of milk powder.
The management team has been completed, with the appointment of Scott Wilson as supply chain manager.
Oceania Dairy currently has 20 staff. When operating at full capacity, it will employ about 70 permanent staff.