Te Aroha Beef Plant

Octa provided full project management during the rebuild of Te Aroha Beef Processing Plant after it was destroyed by fire in December 2010. Our involvement included:

  • Representing SFF with insurance assessor after the fire
  • Developed a business case with SFF
  • Worked with stakeholders including: councils, government departments, iwi, local community, SFF directors and farmers
  • Managed design, programme and contract
  • Overseeing commissioning
  • Handover to SFF.

The Client’s goal was to replace the previous facility with a modern processing plant, significantly increasing throughput and labour productivity, and at the same time lowering energy consumption.  In short, develop a state of the art facility that would be the flagship for SFF.

Octa worked closely with SFF corporate and engineering to ensure the appropriate technology and plant layout were incorporated. The result has been an extremely efficient plant with high labour productivity, and low energy and water consumption.  New technologies have been incorporated that have resulted in new markets for SFF in Asia and North America.

This plant is the first large beef facility built in New Zealand since the 1960’s. As it was not based on other NZ installations it was potentially a high risk project.  This risk was successfully managed by Octa.

Octa’s involvement continued through commissioning to completed handover.

Project Name

Te Aroha Beef Plant


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