Plans in the pipeline

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 13:34 15/02/2013

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Moa Brewing Company plans to piggyback on a two kilometre-long pipeline being installed by a nearby winery so it can discharge waste water on to Marlborough District Council land in Rapaura.

Matua Marlborough Moa chief financial officer Kelvin Ovington said yesterday the 2.7km pipeline was part of a $6 million expansion at the Jacksons Rd brewery to keep up with growth.

"Sharing the activity of putting in the pipeline obviously helps keep costs down, but more importantly helps minimise disruption to residents," Mr Ovington said.

The expansion means the brewery could increase beer and cider production from 1 million litres to 6 million by the end of the year, he said.

The company had submitted applications for land use activity, water take and discharge consents, and planned to notify affected parties of their plans.

"It [notifying] is not required but it's obviously good practice to work with residents," he said. "We want to ensure locals are informed so they know what we are doing instead of surprising them."

The company, founded by Blenheim man Josh Scott in 2004, raised $16m in a stockmarket float last November.

The brewery produced about 1 million litres of beer and cider last year, and it hopes to lift that to 12 million litres within eight years.

According to a resource consent application lodged with the council last week, the expansion includes a new brewhouse, warehouse, packaging area and tank farm as well as a new cafe, bar, cellar door and formal beer garden.

Building of stage one is expected to take six months.

Plans for the new domestic and brewery wastewater treatment systems were lodged in a separate consent on January 30, but the company planned to bundle all the consents into one, Mr Ovington said.

The company wants approval to construct and operate a new brewery waste water treatment to discharge up to 320 cubic metres of wastewater a day and up to 30 cubic metres of stormwater a day.

The pipeline would run from the Jacksons Rd brewery and link with Matua Marlborough wastewater pipeline at the corner of Jacksons and Rapaura roads.

The Matua Marlborough pipeline has already been laid to service its own expansion.

The two companies would be discharged on to different areas, with Moa's going on to council land leased by a farmer.

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- The Marlborough Express

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