Golden Macadamias expansion project broke ground on the 25th of August 2020.
The site of the new factory which is adjacent to the old facility is over 21,000 m3 with the height of the tallest building measuring over 26 meters.
To put the magnitude of the new project into perspective the earthworks consisted of moving and re-engineering 66,000 m3 of soil. This is the equivalent of filling 27 Olympic sized swimming pools. The building has used nearly 800 tonnes of reinforced structural steel which equates to 500 km of steel bars. The project will pour nearly 12,300 m3 of concrete and lay 1.7 million bricks which if placed side by side would stretch from Nelspruit to Johannesburg.
The design has also incorporated a ‘Green’ approach to process design to ensure the carbon footprint of the factory is as low as possible. The new facility will truly be the first environmentally friendly macadamia processing facility in the world. The electricity supply for the new facility will be generated by a combination of green alternative energy systems fuelled by the shells which are produced during the cracking process. The goal is to become self-sufficient in generating electricity and become the first carbon neutral macadamia processing facility in the world.