Business Continuity Incident: Milk processing plant hit by equipment failure

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Fonterra are aiming to have most of the Edendale plant up and running by Saturday morning after a milk silo collapsed, a spokesman has said.

Emergency services were called to the Fonterra plant in Edendale at 1.51pm after a milk silo collapsed damaging part of the plant.

A Fonterra spokesman said the company was aiming to have most of the site up and running by Saturday morning. the company has initiated relevant parts of it’s nosiness continuity plan.

In the mean time Fonterra was contacting farmers about their milk collection, the spokesman said.

Fonterra chief operating officer of operations Robert Spurway said the silo appeared to have failed and the subsequent collapse damaged a nearby pipe bridge, creating the loud noise people heard.

While the cause of the incident is not yet known, Spurway confirmed there was no explosion.

The silo is one of about 100 silos on site, representing less than 10 per cent of Edendale’s total capacity for raw milk storage, Spurway said.

“Whilst some of the damage may take several weeks to repair, the situation is under control.”