$2 million-plus spend on Hawke’s Bay wool scour carbon project

Major global wool industry player and Hawke’s Bay scourer WoolWorks is replacing its gas-fired boiler with a modern efficient hot water heat pump to reducing its Awatoto site’s carbon emissions.

Company chief executive officer Nigel Hales says emissions will be cut by a quarter and the pump will be one of the most sophisticated and largest in New Zealand.

It will replace the Waitangi Rd site’s natural gas-based hot water generation system, including a hot water boiler and steam heat exchangers, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from what is the world’s biggest wool-scouring operation by 1700 net tonnes per year, 24 per cent of the total energy-related emissions from the site.

WoolWorks, the largest woolscourer by volume in the world and handler of 76 per cent of New Zealand wool, washing 100 million greasy kilograms across sites in Napier, Hastings, and Timaru, and employer of about 150 staff, will invest $2 million in the project.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is contributing $455,000 through the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund (GIDI).


First published by Hawke’s Bay Today. Click here to read the full article.