BioMar fish feed facility increases output by 70 percent

BioMar fish feed facility increases output by 70 percent

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New production line will have one of the highest hourly output capacities of any single production line of fish feed in the world

BioMar Group’s Karmøy production facility has officially opened Line 3, which has an annual capacity of 140,000 tons of fish feed, increasing the output of the Karmøy facility by about 70 percent. Line 3 will have one of the highest hourly output capacities of any single production line of fish feed in the world.

State Secretary Roy Angelvik, from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has officially opened Line 3 at BioMar Group’s Karmøy facility in Karmøy, Norway 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 minimize our impact on the natural environment,” Diaz said.

BioMar Group has invested NOK436 million (US$53 million) at Karmøy in connection with 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 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 endeavored to find the best solutions available worldwide for the efficient and sustainable production of salmon feed for the future,” said Jan Sverre Røsstad.

The annual capacity of the Karmøy site is now more than 340,000 tons of finished fish feed destined for salmon farms mainly in Norway but potentially around the world. The facility will need to handle around 680,000 tons of raw materials and finished product in connection with the operations.