A New Zealand company has won the major contract to build the refrigeration and food processing equipment for the Northern Territory abattoir.
Milmeq will supply the technology to the $91 million meatworks being built by the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo), near Darwin, in a contract that is worth $21.4 million.
A Denmark company called Haarslev has won a smaller $6.5 million contract to build the rendering and waste treatment plants.
Project manager, Stu Cruden, says Milmeq has a strong reputation in supplying boning and slaughtering process equipment.
"We couldn't find anyone in Australia who were actually able to give us full turn-key operations.
"In saying that, Milmeq have sub-contracted to an Australian-based refrigeration company for some of the work within their tender," he said.
"They have had the first of the payments under those contracts which is enabling them to start the construction of equipment."
Mr Cruden says he's had strong assistance with the development by the NT Country Liberals Government.
"What we've found is a lot of the red tape has been removed so that we could sit down and work through an agreement that suited both sides a lot easier than what we had in the past," he said.
He says AACo's managing contactor, Sunbuild, has sub-contracted much of the construction work to local NT companies.
The project is moving ahead for the company despite