New dairy factory's August target on track
Construction of South Canterbury's newest dairy factory is on target for completion in time to take milk in August 2014.
Work on the underground services on the Glenavy site is now complete and roading preparation work within the factory site have started.
Work has also finished on the SH1 roadworks. This included the addition of a slip lane, turning lane and lighting to the intersection of SH1 and Cooneys Rd.
This will cater for the increase in frequency and size of vehicles using the intersection when Oceania Dairy factory opens in August.
Site works on the water treatment, waste-water treatment and chilled water facilities are underway.
The dryer tower is not far short of its final height of 47 metres, with the focus now moving to the installation and assembly of the dryer and associated plant.
Construction of other buildings on site, including the site offices, services building and the dry store are all well advanced.
Critical boiler components are due to arrive at PrimePort, Timaru in early February and will be transported to the site following further assembly in Timaru.
The 11kV and 33kV electricity supply works being undertaken by Alpine Energy are on schedule.
At full capacity, the Glenavy processing plant will be capable of processing 300 million litres of milk per year, generating 47,000 tonnes of milk powder.
The management team of Oceania Dairy has also been completed, with the appointment of Scott Wilson as supply chain manager.
The management team lineup now comprises Aidan Johnston, chief executive officer; Shane Lodge, quality and compliance manager/supplier liaison manager; Tony Macfarlane, human resources manager; Richard Hickson, operations manager; Scott Wilson, supply chain manager.
A spokesman for Oceania Dairy says there are currently 20 staff on board, with this number growing rapidly as recruitment activity is spread across a wide range of roles.
"When operating at full capacity, the factory will employ about 70 permanent staff, with the majority expected to be recruited locally," the spokesman said.
Oceania Dairy signed its first milk supply agreement for the new factory late last year.
The agreement was signed with local dairy identities Aad and Wilma van Leewen, representing a group of Foundation Suppliers covering 20 individual farms.
"Up to 40 farmers are expected to be contracted for the 2014-15 supply season," he said.
The Glenavy Dairy Factory is owned by the Chinese company Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group.
The group purchased the plant in April last year.
* Fonterra owns South Canterbury's two other dairy factories - at Clandeboye and Studholme.
- The Timaru Herald