A key economic decision for two communities on opposite sides of the South Island will be made at a hearing beginning in 10 days.
In February 2008, Holcim New Zealand was granted 46 consents to operate a new cement plant and quarries at Weston, Oamaru.
On March 9, an Environment Court sitting in Oamaru will hear appeals against the decision from Holcim itself and local interest groups.
Holcim says the plant, with an estimated cost of between $300 million and $400m, will create 120 jobs in the town.
Holcim’s West Coast cement works employs 130 and the Port of Westport is highly dependent on the company’s business.
Holcim New Zealand prefers winding up the West Coast operation if the Weston plant gets the green light, but the final decision rests with its Swiss parent group.