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

Research Study – Dementia in the Workplace

Research Study – Dementia in the Workplace The study on employer responses to dementia in the workplace in Scotland is being undertaken by a research team from Edinburgh Napier University, the University of the West of Scotland and Heriot Watt University.  The research is funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. We […] ...
Read more

Room13 – Screen Printing Workshops

This summer, Room 13 Community studio offers a unique experience to individuals who are interested in the mix of creative and business based activity. This block of workshops will introduce you to working with a team of artists and entrepreneurs in a studio environment to focus on the process behind realising a creative idea. It […] ...
Read more

A82 Campaign Group welcome Minister’s announcement

Campaign Group welcome Minister’s announcement The group campaigning for the upgrade of the A82 have welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousef, that the 11 mile upgrade of the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan will be designed around a 7.3 mtr. standard width. The group, The A82 Partnership, have […] ...
Read more

Exciting Courses from Lochaber Environmental Group!

Exciting Courses from Lochaber Environmental Group!   Home Composting LEG are offering Lochaber residents the opportunity to start home composting with our free home composting starter kit. The kits will contain a 330 litre Ecomax compost kit, food waste caddy,a how to compost guide and a monitoring sheet. Home composting allows you to recycle your food […] ...
Read more

View all news articles

No items exist...

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels BSW Timber Corpach Boat Building Company marine harvest Supported by the Highland Council Supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise