Changes to briquetting plant layout approved

TAKING SHAPE: The Solid Energy briquetting plant is under construction just south of Mataura. This week changes to site layout were given consent by the Gore District Council and Environment Southland.
TAKING SHAPE: The Solid Energy briquetting plant is under construction just south of Mataura. This week changes to site layout were given consent by the Gore District Council and Environment Southland.

Solid Energy has been given the go-ahead to make changes to the site layout of its briquetting plant near Mataura.

Gore District Council-appointed hearing commissioners David Pullar and David Whitney this week announced changes had been approved to the earth bund and fencing, location of entrance and exit, and site layout.

In its application, Solid Energy said noise reduction measures on plant machinery meant there was less reliance on the bund to cut site noise.

The plant's control room would move from the west of the dryer to the east, and the boiler's feed conveyer, which had been omitted from the original plan, would be added.

The commissioners found the changes did not alter the effects of the activity that was given consent last year, and the entrance and exit changes would have a positive effect on traffic flow and the environment.

Consent amendments to the plant were also approved by Environment Southland this week.

In a report to the consents committee by senior consents officer Stephen West, the amendments are detailed as: changes to the embankment and fencing from a 4-metre embankment topped by a 2m solid fence, to a 3m embankment with a 2m wind-break fence; increasing the height of the emission points from the processing and drying plant from 10m to 15m; and changing the method of controlling dust emissions from the processing and drying plants to omit the use of cyclones by using baghouse filters.

The changes should reduce emissions from the site and adverse effects on the environment, the report says.

The Southland Times