Collaboration the best way to meet tight timeframes.

Tatuanui, Waikato

The Project

Babbage Consultants are proud to have been the Project Managers and part of the team building Tatua Dairy Cooperative's Dryer 3.

Tatua Dairy Company are a very innovative company based in the heart of the Waikato for over 100 years, well known for producing 'cream in a can', they also produce many value added products, both dairy and non dairy based.

This Dryer will produce many high value components for much more than just infant formula and nutritional foods. In fact the design of the Dryer and its 2 packing lines will allow the production of over 70 products packed into 170 SKUs.

Supporting the Dryer complex are the other required components including, a new gas fired boiler and boiler house, water treatment, fire protection system, and dry store.

These have been managed cooperatively through a combination of “in house” using Tatua’s experienced Project Engineers and Babbage providing contract expertise and support in the tendering and evaluation phases.

The Delivery

Whilst D3 had a very tight build programme, Tatua and Babbage saw an opportunity to take advantage of resource availability by avoiding the peak times for builders and fabricators.

This ensured D3 was commissioned and ready in May this year, less than 1 year since the first soil was moved on site.

A very happy Steve Allen, Chairman of the Board started the first commercial production run of the recently completed Dryer 3.


Key details


Tatua SAV D3
The Tatua Dairy Cooperative (NZ) Limited
Tatuanui, Waikato
$65 million
June 2015
Dairy (primary industry)

Project team

Project Director
Grant O'Connor
Project Advisor
Ross McCowan
Project Manager
Shane Skinner
Project Engineer
Tyler Keeble
Cost Management
Mark Haskell & Team
Time Management
Jol Glyde
Quality Management
Rod Purves
Process Engineering
Richard Stretton, Stefan Harms