Work on cement terminal starts

17:52, Feb 13 2014
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PROGRESS: Troy Campbell, left, and Nick Henderson of Washingtons Exploration at Timaru's port as Holcim gets under way with investigation work at the site.

The early stages of work are under way at the site of a proposed 30,000-tonne cement terminal in Timaru.

Holcim New Zealand confirmed its plans to build an import facility at PrimePort Timaru in December. Geotechnical investigation has begun with contractors drilling to 25 metres near the old grain silos.

Holcim projects manager Ken Cowie said the investigation work was part of getting engineering data for future design. The geotechnical information gathered from digging would help with the design which was some months away.

PrimePort infrastructure manager Rhys Welbourn said construction was still in the planning stages.

"They are drilling down between 20 and 25 metres; there's quite a bit of basalt ... which is quite good for foundation work."


The Timaru Herald