Apex wins Fonterra Darfield Tender

22 February 2012


Apex Environmental has been awarded the tender to complete the wastewater treatment plant for Fonterra’s newest dairy factory. Located on a greenfield site just outside of Darfield, Canterbury, the factory is Fonterra’s first new site in 14 years and will be capable of manufacturing up to 15.5 metric tonnes of milk powder per hour at start up.

This contract was awarded in December 2011 and will be completed in August 2012, in time for the start of the new processing season. Apex is responsible for the design, build, installation and commissioning of the treatment plant, including significant civil works and electrical components. At the heart of the treatment plant is an Apex dissolved air flotation (DAF) plant, which removes milk fat and other contaminants from the wastewater, making it suitable for reuse as irrigation water. By recycling the wastewater for irrigation, the valuable nutrients can be returned to farmland to offset on farm fertiliser use.

For this project Apex will engage a number of local businesses including Industrial Controls South Canterbury, Tony Boyce Builders, Andar, NDA Engineering and Rooney Earthmoving.

Managing Director Dr Matt Savage says “We are excited to be working with Fonterra on a project that will bring so much benefit to Canterbury over the coming years. We have worked with almost all of the independent dairy processors in New Zealand and it is great to also now have Fonterra adopting Apex Environmental Technology.”