Glenavy site takes shape
Construction of the Glenavy dairy factory is on schedule with the latest installation of the dryer and the calandrias in the 47-metre dryer tower.
The generating bank and final boiler components have arrived in New Zealand and are being completed in Timaru prior to delivery to the calandrias site in late March.
The overall project is on target for completion in time to take milk in August, and although the dryer tower is the most visible sign of progress, construction of other buildings on site, including the site offices, services building and the drystore, are all well advanced.
A spokesman for the project said work on the water treatment contract and the refrigeration contract within the services building is now underway.
"11kV and 33kV electricity supply works which are being undertaken by Alpine Energy are on schedule and installation of transformers is about to get underway," said the spokesman.
"Work on the underground services on site is now complete and roading preparation works within the factory site have commenced.
"Roading has commenced at the drystore entranceway from Cooney's Road and the central car park, and this will continue across the site in coordination with access requirements of contractors completing other site works."
At full capacity, the Glenavy processing plant will be capable of processing 300 million litres of milk per year, generating 47,000 tonnes of milk powder.
To date, more than 350 people have applied for positions at the new Oceania Dairy Glenavy factory and most applicants are from North Otago and South Canterbury.
Oceania Dairy chief executive officer Aidan Johnstone said the company had filled 31 positions so far.
"We have been really pleased with the level of interest in our roles," he said.
"Applicants are entering our recruitment process from a wide range of employment backgrounds and bringing a great diversity of skills to the table.
"We are very focused on the quality of our workforce so the depth of the applicant pool is really encouraging."
A further 40 roles are expected to be filled at Oceania Dairy over the next five months.
Operating at full capacity, the factory will employ about 70 permanent staff.
The Timaru Herald