A further progress step in the decision making process on the proposed Weston cement plant has prompted Holcim New Zealand to outline to the market what would be required if the project goes ahead.
At its May meeting the Executive Committee of parent company Holcim Ltd recommended that the proposal go forward to its Board for a decision. Holcim New Zealand is hoping the Board will consider the proposal this year.
"While we are yet to receive approval from the Holcim Ltd Board to proceed with the project, we need the marketplace to be aware of the nature of work that would be required if we receive Board approval," said Ken Cowie, Holcim Capital Projects Manager. "It’s also about getting an indication of what contractors are in the marketplace with suitable qualifications and experience to undertake the various aspects of work that would be required."
Holcim New Zealand is inviting suitably qualified contractors to submit their interest in tendering for work on the project. The general scope of works outlined in the Request for Expressions of Interest document includes the Weston cement plant, associated quarries and pits, and a new clinker and cement shipping terminal at Timaru.
"Getting some preliminary information from the marketplace now would help us get the project underway in a timely manner if the Holcim Ltd Board approves it," Ken Cowie said.
"Aspects of the work, such as cement plant mechanical and electrical equipment, would require the involvement of specialist international suppliers, and we’ve been in discussion with a number of these companies about our potential requirements since late last year."
While the Request for Expressions of Interest document gives an indicative project timeline, actual timeframes for work on the project will depend on when the company receives approval to proceed.