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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.

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