Preliminary work on a possible new wharf and storage area for cement exports out of Timaru is under way at PrimePort.
Holcim New Zealand, which plans to build a US$300m cement plant at Weston, near Oamaru, had earlier signalled that it would look at sending the product to Timaru by rail for distribution.
Drilling rigs have been involved in geotechnical work at Evans Bay on the southern side of the port.
Holcim’s capital projects manager, Ken Cowie, said from Christchurch yesterday that the work was being undertaken to assist in establishing costs for the project.
Holcim would build a wharf and silos for a specialised bulk cement carrier. A decision by Holcim’s European parent on whether to go ahead with the new cement plant is expected in December.