The Tiwai Point Industrial Hub development project is a large scale strategic investment project. It will have a strong economic impact on the New Zealand economy. It addresses a variety of issues, ecological, economic and political. It provides solutions on both local and national level and for both, urgent and long-term problems.
It gives the Southland region a future proof position to build a vibrant regional economy, and a healthy social and ecological environment at the same time. It builds long-term sustainable employment security for the people of Southland and beyond.
It provides local and National Government with a strategic vision to base future policy on. In this project summary we will give a birds eye view of the most important problems that are addressed by this project and how it aims to solve them.
TPIH project will be rolled out in 2 stages.
The existing Aluminum Smelter is refitted with the most advanced industrial business technologies and processes. This transition is necessary to make the smelter Zero Waste and Zero Emissions ready to expand range and capacity and produce higher grade products.
This will address a number of ecological problems. The expansion of capabilities facilitates dealing with the enormous back log of toxic waste, built up during the years of operation to date. The new plant configuration can handle all the existing waste, currently in storage across the Southland. This results in a total clean up while no waste is created, since all the waste will be treated and turned into usable materials and products.
The zero waste and zero emissions smelter also helps to meet the national and international demands for a reduced environmental footprint, in particular to help meet the NZ Government's commitments to reduce Carbon emissions.
Besides Aluminum the range will be extended to extract different trace minerals from the same raw material and produce high grade Titanium and Chromium. This will result in products of high purity. At the same time it reduces toxicity levels of the rest product.
During stage 1, the industrial processing hub develops to encompass a total of 6 plants. These six plants together deal with the raw materials and use up all the waste. Each plant generates solutions for particular problems and/or capitalizes on growing market opportunities. All together they will secure existing jobs and generate enough job opportunities to create a significant economic stimulus for the region as a whole with spill over effects to the rest of the country.
Further Stage 1 activities include:
When the Manufacturing Hub comes on line, it takes the products of the smelters and turns them in to high value manufactured goods. All the factories will be held to the highest standards for ecological impact, health and safety wise and all of the concepts have a sound commercial outlook. It means the products they produce are of the highest quality, sustainably produced and part of growing markets that will continue to grow in the future. They play into the long term trends that are already becoming visible in our rapidly changing world.
The plan for the Hub includes the following plants: