October 27, 2017
BioMar fish feed facility expansion in Norway sets production capacity record
BioMar Group's production facility in Karmøy, Norway, officially opened Line 3, which has an annual capacity of 140,000 tonnes of fish feed, increasing its output by around 70%. Line 3 will have one of the highest hourly output capacities of any single production line of fish feed anywhere in the world.
State Secretary Roy Angelvik, from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on Wednesday, Oct. 25, officially opened Line 3 alongside Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group and Jan Sverre Røsstad, vice president and head of BioMar Group Salmon Division.
"We wish to continue providing the salmon industry with the very best, high-performance fish feed, and to do that we need to invest in the latest and best technologies. It is also important to us to have environmentally friendly equipment so that we minimise our impact on the natural environment", said Diaz.
BioMar Group said it had invested NOK436 million for the construction of production Line 3 and its associated auxiliary systems, new laboratories and control rooms.
Among some of the new advanced technologies BioMar has invested in is a highly efficient air processing system that handles all air emissions from the factory in four scrubbing towers that use cold seawater to scrub emissions.
This seawater also provides cooling for the production line, making for a high degree of energy efficiency and an environmentally friendly cooling system.
"Our new production line will be a substantial new resource for our business. It is a highly sophisticated line for which we have endeavoured to find the best solutions available worldwide for the efficient and sustainable production of salmon feed for the future," Røsstad said.
The annual capacity of the Karmøy site is now over 340,000 tonnes of finished fish feed destined for salmon farms mainly in Norway but potentially around the world, BioMar said.
It said the facility will need to handle around 680,000 tonnes of raw materials and finished product in connection with the operations.