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High-Speed Water On Tap At Bayer Plant

30 November 2016

Babbage has project-managed a major expansion of Bayer Animal Health’s Manukau site, bringing the $3 million development in on time, under budget, and in compliance with pharmaceutical regulations.

Bayer is a leading producer of animal health products and the Manukau project saw the installation of a water treatment station that purifies and refines tap water for use in a wide range of animal medicines and other products.

The new plant will process 2000 litres of water an hour instead of the six hours the conversion took previously. The water – both purified water and water for injection – will be used in the New Zealand market and exported.

The plant has started two months of testing and validation before manufacturing starts in January.

Babbage project engineer Michael Goulding worked with Bayer to maintain cost schedules, review technical documents, conduct audits, and manage subcontractors.

Other Babbage disciplines were also involved, including building surveying, process, quality, health and safety, geotech, and structural engineering.

Sydney-based AB Mandal was the main contractor, and local contractors provided the plumbing, electrical and some pipe work. Work also included utility tie-in work, seismic strengthening of the existing pipe bridge, and installing new access platforms.

“It was a great experience to work alongside the Bayer plant engineers and get an insight into the pharmaceutical industry – especially their strict adherence to detail in documentation,” Michael says.

“We were invited to the grand opening on November 4 and a special guest was a one-legged kiwi called Sparky, which was brought to the ceremony from a kiwi house Bayer sponsors in Whangarei. 

“Sparky lost a leg in a trap as a youngster, but gets taken around the country to promote the kiwi sanctuary.”

Bayer says the new water-treatment plant is part of a series of upgrades planned for the Manukau site and Babbage is looking forward to working with Bayer in future.

High-Speed Water On Tap At Bayer Plant
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