Foodstuffs – Polar NTC Freezer Facility
Construction Start: November 2006
Construction Finish: November 2009
Duration: 36 months
Project Partners: Hargrave PM, Savory Construction
Foodstuffs required its existing 5,000m2 -25 ͦC freezer/cool store to be extended by 10,000m2, without disrupting operations in the existing freezer.
Building the new facility while keeping the old one running meant interfaces and changeover of plant had to be precise and failsafe as millions of dollars’ worth of frozen goods were at stake.
Hargrave recommended an international leading refrigeration design and build specialist to Foodstuffs.
A key challenge was having to conduct a significant amount of the work at temperatures below zero and as low as -25 °C.
The project also had to deal with both operational and construction traffic using the same entry and exit, requiring a complex traffic management plan.
A complex schedule of plant stoppages was arranged to connect new refrigeration plant and switchboards and to triple their capacity.
We helped identify that the original Polar operation was running inefficiently. By installing a SCADA building management system for the whole operation the required load for 15,000m was well below 3 times the original 5,000m freezer area, saving significant capital and operational cost.
- Delivered on time and on budget
- Significant amount of work conducted at -25°C
- Identified and addressed an area of major operational power wastage.