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Fonterra Pahiatua Drier 3


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Project description

This project for Fonterra Co-operative Group is for a new 16T milk powder drier at the existing Fonterra site in Pahiatua, Manawatu.  The drier building is 41m high and constructed of precast concrete wall panels and beams, insitu external stitch joints at column locations, and a steel plate roof.

Prior to construction of Drier 3, Fonterra’s Pahiatua site was able to process 1.4 million litres of milk each day from farms across Northern Hawkes Bay to Southern Wairarapa and Wellington, transforming it into 55,000 tonnes of whole milk powder each year.  The new drier building is capable of processing an additional 2.4 million litres of milk a day and creates 45 new full-time jobs for the local community.

In a world first, the main drier building is base isolated using Triple Pendulum Bearings (TPB), supplied by Earthquake Protection Systems Inc. based in California.  Not only does this help control design loads on the building in this active seismic region, base isolation provides enhanced asset protection for this key plant.

Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd
Client contact
Dave Packer
The Team
Process Contractor - GEA Process Engineering
Structural Engineer - Silvester Clark
Architect - DLA Architects
Form of contract
Design Build Negotiated
March 2014
August 2015
Project value
$40 million