Fonterra Stanhope, Victoria

Octa’s involvement with the first new cheese factory to replace the original fire-damaged plant, began in November 2015. This was the first new cheese factory that Tetra Pak NZ or Fonterra had installed in over 20 years and required the coordination of over 20 process, mechanical, automation and electrical engineers to design the plant and then specify and procure the 7000+ components.  A senior Octa project manager was on site from March to December 2017 with the responsibility of leading the commissioning team and coordinating with Fonterra to train and handover to the operators and site engineers.

Stanhope is Fonterra Australia’s largest and most complex cheese plant to date; designed to produce five different cheese types, as well as whey and nutritionals. It will support the growing demand in local and Asian markets.

The new facility is larger than the original and features modern infrastructure. The project encompassed the demolition and reconstruction of the fire damaged cheese plant, installation of cheese and whey processing plants, and the construction and installation of a modern mozzarella cheese producing facility.

New equipment began to arrive in October 2016 in 80 containers. The project was fast track, with construction beginning in 2016 and the first product produced May 2017. 

Stakeholders on the 18-month project included the entire township, keen to see a return to production after the original hard cheese plant burned down in December 2013.

Project Name

Fonterra Stanhope, Victoria


Tetra Pak / Fonterra