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Westland presses go on $3.2m Hokitika project

15th April 2021 By Bridget O'Connell | | @foodtickernz

Westland Dairy Company will reduce carbon emissions at its Hokitika factory by 7% following government co-investment for a $3.2m energy efficiency project.

The firm will invest the cash, which includes $1.78m from the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry fund, in a project which would reduce emissions produced by boilers at the plant.

Westland said work has already begun on the project, which involves installing new heat exchangers to recover more heat from coal-fired boilers used in milk pasteurisation.

Heat recovered by the exchangers will be reused for energy consumption, reducing the amount of coal the factory requires to run its boilers.

New control mechanisms to better manage product flow across the heat exchangers will also enable better energy efficiency by reducing the amount of steam produced and therefore lost to evaporation rather than energy reuse, according to Westland.

Westland chief executive, Richard Wyeth, said two stages of work on technology solutions would allow annual carbon emissions produced by the factory to be reduced by 7% from 116,000 tonnes to 107,560 tonnes.

“This is an important step in our journey towards a low-carbon future,’’ he said.

“Westland is very conscious of our responsibilities to the region and the role we need to play in navigating the path towards a low-carbon future.

“The West Coast faces particular challenges when it comes to decarbonising our local industries but we look forward to working with the Government to identify future alternative energy sources as we transition to that future.’’



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