Gibbo wrote:Was snooping around & found the consent doc’s for the proposed Fonterra plant at Darfield (see link below). Searched for ‘rail’ to see what it offered – rather interesting!
Section 2.3: “While the current intention is to bring in milk, fuel and other materials by road, and transport the milk powder away by road, consent is also sought for a rail siding from the Midland Railway which runs alongside the State Highway next to the site”.
Section 3.5: Talks about coal coming in by container – do we infer Fonterra had planned to use bottom-discharge hoppers but have changed that to containers!?! I’d have thought coal in hoppers from the West Coast would be a lot more economical than containerized!?! Surely they’re not going to rail containers from the Wairio line!?!
Do they have spare hopper wagons, as compared to spare containers. How much does it cost to construct the special bottom dump facility at a site, compared to a simple crane lifting containers to dump them.
AFAIK they use the containers to rail Coal to Westland Dairy at Hokitika, although other factors come into play there
There is a coal mine at Homebush, pretty close so there is the question why they would not bring coal in from there.