Workforce expanding

Last updated 08:44 18/08/2014

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Expansion plans at Methanex New Zealand's Motunui and Waitara Valley operations has opened the door for more staff.

Methanex New Zealand is adding 25 positions as part of its growth plans to maintain a robust three-plant operation.

The new jobs include leadership roles, maintenance technicians, chemists, planners, procurement staff, engineers and safety advisers, taking the workforce headcount to about 250.

Manufacturing director, Brian Ropitini, said it was positive move.

"It's great news. We've been in growth mode for the last few years and we now need to make sure we have the right number of skilled permanent staff for our ongoing success," Ropitini said.

At the start of 2013, the Taranaki-based operations embarked on a multi-million dollar capital works project to increase methanol production as well as overall capacity, including restarting its idled methanol plant at Waitara Valley and major refurbishments to the Motunui site.

Ropitini said the extra staff were also required to meet planning and project demands, as turnarounds to carry out planned maintenance and statutory inspection of equipment were required more frequently with three plants running.

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