Working for Business in the Outdoor Capital of the UK

Marine Harvest welcomes Scottish Feed Plant approval

It’s full steam ahead for Marine Harvest’s Scottish feed plant after it was granted planning permission at today’s (February 21st) meeting of The Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee.

Construction will start by the end of March and the 110m Euro (£93m) plant will be completed during 2018.  The state of the art feed plant will employ 55 people in a diverse range of permanent jobs and will be one of the most efficient and sustainable fish feed plants globally.

Ben Hadfield Chief Operating Officer Feed and Managing Director of Marine Harvest Scotland said: “I’m delighted with the positive decision from the local authority and even more heartened by the overwhelming support we have had from the local community. We will do our utmost now to ensure that this large construction project is managed in a sensitive way.

“This provides a modern platform for us to further enhance the sustainability of the salmon farming sector.”

Marine Harvest also announced it would start to investigate the business case for the construction of a small scale fish meal and fish oil plant in Scotland as part of a drive to utilise all edible by products from salmon processing and, at the same time, provide a more sustainable solution for salmon mortality.

Bjorn Erik Flem, Managing Director of Marine Harvest Ingredients said: “We are seeing rapidly increasing demand for salmon meal and salmon oil in sectors such as pet food and human nutrition, due to the health benefits associated with Omega-3 fish oils.  At the same time, we see the current solution for salmon mortality is expensive and not as sustainable as we would like.

“I am confident we can do this better and as we integrate the business in Scotland, we must create an efficient and circular green economy.

Firstly we can produce fish feed or fish meal/fish oil from salmon by-products such as heads, guts and backbones.  Then, in addition, we can generate e biogas from salmon mortality in one part of the plant to use as an energy source for the production of the fish meal or oil in another part of the plant.

Marine Harvest first announced their plans to build a feed plant in Scotland early last year. Their chosen site at Altanavaig (or Allt Anavig) quarry at Kyleakin, is more than large enough to accommodate the development which will include the feed plant itself as well as raw material storage silos, product storage and packaging, a loading area and car parking.

Marine Harvest Scotland now employs 640 people in its Farming Operations and a further 500 in its Consumer Products Division at Rosyth. Recruitment will start soon for its Feed Division.

View all news

Lochaber Tourism Day – Thursday 16th November 2017

Lochaber Tourism Day with Cal Mac – Debate, Engage, Network Tourism-related businesses throughout the area were invited to attend ‘Lochaber Tourism Day’, in partnership with Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries, at The Moorings Hotel on Thursday 16th November, as part of Lochaber Ideas Week 2017, sponsored by Nevis Range. It was a fantastic day, and we were delighted to […] ...
Read more

European first as Scottish Chambers of Commerce moves to Strathclyde Business School

European first as SCC moves to Strathclyde Business School The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) and Strathclyde University have agreed a ground-breaking strategic alliance and collocation, the first of its kind in Europe. SCC’s move from its offices in the Merchants House of Glasgow in George Square to a suite in the newly refurbished Business […] ...
Read more

New ‘Working together in the workplace’ workshop from Lochaber Hope

Lochaber Hope is extending their range of business services by offering new short workplace development workshops to all businesses. Whoever we are and wherever we work, we can all benefit from insights and practical tips on improving the way we work with others and in teams. Having successfully run ‘Working together in the workplace’ workshops […] ...
Read more

Room 13 Announcement

Room 13 Sabbatical Leave Announcement   Announcement from Clair Gibb, Chief Executive: ”From January 2018 for approximately 6 months I will be taking a period of sabbatical leave. Over the next couple of months I will continue to work with current contacts to complete projects and fulfil any outstanding commitments. Beyond that, from January 2018 […] ...
Read more

View all news articles

24
Jan

Free Event in Collaboration with Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Developing Your International Tourism Markets   The world is looking for business – switch on to your international potential at Developing Your International Tourism Markets, our one-day introductory workshop! Who’s it for? This fully-funded *FREE one-day workshop in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise is aimed at […]
Read more

15
Feb

Member Event: How to Survive GDRP – Seminar on Data Protection   We all need to understand and embrace Data Protection. This will be all the more important with the coming into force of the new European-wide data protection regime, the GDPR, in May 2018. Data Protection affects all businesses – irrespective of size or […]
Read more