Moa renews bid for $6m project

Master Brewer Josh Scott in the newly renovated cellar door at Moa Brewery on Jacksons Road, Blenheim.
Master Brewer Josh Scott in the newly renovated cellar door at Moa Brewery on Jacksons Road, Blenheim.

The Moa Brewing Company's plans for its $6 million expansion are a step closer after re-lodging its resource consent application.

Moa's founder Josh Scott, of Blenheim, said the extra capacity would not significantly increase the footprint of their Jacksons Rd brewery, but would enable them to meet the growing demand in New Zealand and offshore.

The consent application would be publicly notified, he said.

"Through the notification process, we look forward to engaging with the wider community so they are fully informed of Moa's plans and the benefits to Marlborough and its economy."

Applications for resource consent for brewery expansion and the domestic and brewery wastewater treatment systems were lodged separately in January. But the company withdrew the wastewater applications, deciding to bundle all the consents into one.

According to the 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 was expected to take six months.

The company also wanted 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 2.7 kilometre 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.

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

The Marlborough Express