IT has been a project combining elements of cultural and potentially seismic shock.
Two massive flour silos built by Wodonga’s JC Butko Engineering are now on the way to Papua New Guinea as part of a $2.5 million contract with Nestle.
The tanks have had to be built to withstand earthquakes, as the final resting place for the 10-tonne giants is right in the middle of an active seismic zone.
Company commercial manager Paul Butko said because Papua New Guinea was not necessarily the safest place to go, the time staff spent there “really opens their eyes to what else is out in the world”.
“It always makes you appreciate what you’ve got back here in Australia and particularly Albury-Wodonga,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity that I think a lot of the locals probably don’t get every day of the week, being able to go over and live in Papua New Guinea for a couple of months at a time.”
JC Butko has had a team of 10 staff working in Papua New Guinea for the 18-month contract.
“It’s an experience for the company and it’s an experience for the individuals who have had the opportunity,” Mr Butko said.
The silos left the Wodonga factory this week on three large trucks headed for the Port of Melbourne.
The ship is set to depart today and will take between two to three weeks to reach Lae before being moved on to the Nestle site for installation by the JC Butko team.
All design and fabrication work was done by JC Butko and Border suppliers.
Mr Butko said the silos were part of a $2.5 million export contract.
It’s great we’re bringing that sort of money back into Albury-Wodonga,” he said.