A new high-capacity lamb processing plant at Punta Arenas in
remote Patagonia is online in just 20 months.
At the start of the project, local client
,Carnes Agromar, engaged GHD/ProAnd* to conduct the
initial development study, complete the conceptual and detailed
design, and providing all engineering services through to plant
The Carnes Agromar lamb processing plant is
modelled on, and exceeds, the world benchmark standards for New
Zealand. All process equipment orders were put out to
international tender and the best equipment was sourced from Chile,
Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
The project was also a family affair, with
members of the Marins family, who own the business, assisting by
providing architectural, project management, building construction
services, plant management, accounting and marketing. Other members
of the family assisted when time allowed.
Punta Arenas is a settlement of 120,000 people
located on the southern end of Patagonia, where summer time
temperatures average around 10C and just 1C in winter.
A GHD/ProAnd team member remained in Puntas
Arenas for six months overseeing the installation of all equipment
and ensuring successful operation of all plant systems. In
addition, the team designed and supervised all water services,
HVAC, refrigeration services, effluent treatment and rendering
* The ProAnd, an engineering and
management consultancy to the meat industry, was acquired by GHD in