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Despite cutbacks in spending and the disposal of some surplus
assets because of the current economic climate, Solid Energy
is continuing with its plans for the construction of a $1.4 billion
coal-to-fertiliser plant in Eastern Southland.
By PETER OWENS
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New Zealand comprises twenty-seven million
hectares in its three main islands -- this is
around the same size as the United Kingdom.
According to preliminary
surveys, there is suf-
ficient extractable lignite
in the Croydon Waimumu and
Mataura Districts that could be
converted to urea and supply
customers for the next 650
years. This is based on a
projection of an annual
conversion of two million
tonnes annually of lignite into
The projection also forecasts
considerable amounts of urea
being available for export
annually. Based on current
prices of urea imported to
New Zealand this could mean
an extra $1.3 billion being
added to the national GDP.
The investigation into the
economic feasibility of this extraction and
conversion should be completed early next year
and meanwhile local interests are hoping it is a
"runner" not only as a reliable source of fertiliser
but also as a new
capital and human
industry in Southland.
If this project goes
ahead it will have a
very marked effect on
all sectors of the New
Zealand farming industry. Urea, which is a
nitrogen fertiliser, is gaining more and more
support as a promotant of grass growth,
particularly in the New Zealand dairy industry.
These figures speak for themselves and indicate
just what effect the Eastern Southland plant
would have not only on farming but also the
entire New Zealand economy.
It is significant that 30 operations similar to that
planned in Eastern Southland are already
operating. This makes the costings much less
than if the joint venture had to start from the
beginning by drafting and then building and
testing totally original plant and equipment.
Even a casual glance at New Zealand farming
statistics is sufficient to make it very clear that if
the Eastern Southland
proposal goes ahead it
will be a major mile-
stone in the economic
development of this
New Zealand comprises
hectares in its three main islands -- this is around
the same size as the United Kingdom. Of this
thirteen and a half million hectares are devoted
to pastoral farming and three hundred thousand
hectares to arable.
We have around fifty thousand full time farmers.
Climate across the country ranges from sub-
tropical in the north to cold alpine and semi arid
basins in the south. Our soils range from volcanic
to sedimentary and deep peats.
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