Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd has appointed a new manager to oversee its $200m Weston cement plant project, which has emerged as the company’s preferred long-term option to meet future demand for cement.
Ken Cowie has been appointed the company’s capital projects manager, taking over from strategy and development general manager Paul Commons, who transfers this month to work for Holcim in the United States.
Holcim is considering one medium-term option (continuation of the Westport plant with bulk imports) and two long-term options (a new plant at either Westport or Weston). It was intended to narrow the three options to two to put forward to parent company Holcim Ltd.
At this stage, Weston was the preferred long-term option, Mr Commons said yesterday. However, the company is waiting on a decision from a four-week resource consent hearing.
Mr Cowie has been involved in the industry for 34 years and has managed cement plants in New Zealand and Fiji.