Copenhagen-based GEA Process Engineering was awarded a $57.5 million (~€40 million) project to build a 15 ton/hr whole milk powder plant for Fonterra in New Zealand. The project, known as the Darfield project, will be undertaken by GEA Process Engineering New Zealand, Penrose, Aukland.

The customer, Fonterra is an exporter of dairy products, processing approximately 90 percent of New Zealand’s milk production. The Darfield project is the largest project ever undertaken by GEA Process Engineering New Zealand. The project will be similar in capacity to three plants previously built by GEA for Fonterra.

The scope for the Darfield project, which utilizes only GEA technology, covers milk reception, standardization, evaporation, drying, powder transport and packing. In addition, the project includes the construction of the building that will house the plant. The plant is the sixth greenfield plant that GEA Process Engineering has supplied in New Zealand over the past four years.