UPGRADED ICELAND PLANT READY FOR BLUE WHITING
Upgraded Iceland plant ready for blue whiting. Improvements to HB Grandi’s fishmeal plant in Vopnafjörður, Iceland, are now complete and ready to take delivery of the first blue whiting landings of the year. The refurbishment centred around renewing the factory’s boilers. There are hopes that the blue whiting fishery west of Ireland will be underway soon.
‘Work on the refurbishments went better than we could have hoped, and we were finished ahead of the projected 20th January completion date,’ said factory manager Sveinbjörn Sigmundsson.
The roof of the factory had to be opened so that the new boilers could be lifted into place and the old ones removed.
‘It’s clear that these new boilers are going to be an improvement. They will allow us to save energy, but we don’t know how much of a saving that will be until the factory has run for a few weeks or months. I’m hoping that we’ll also see increased production. This should be achieved simply because the new equipment does not require such frequent cleaning as the old ones, so longer intervals between cleaning is a straightforward increase in efficiency,’ Sveinbjörn Sigmundsson said.
HB Grandi hf. is one of Iceland’s largest seafood companies. The company has a long history and extensive experience and expertise in the utilisation of natural resources and fish production, which is reflected in all its activities. The company focuses on sophisticated fishing and processing technology and continuous production development. The company produces high-quality products from the fresh wild fish caught in Icelandic waters. Respect for the environment and the marine ecosystem is the basis for all activities at HB Grandi, and every effort is made to respect the resource and operate responsible fisheries, for the benefit of future generations. HB Grandi emphasises corporate social responsibility, as it has always been the goal of the company that all its activities reflect its responsibility towards the marine resources and the community.