Each year in Ustka in Poland, 60,000 tons of salmon are processed. NIRAS was responsible for the 10,000-square-metre expansion of the factory.

Expansion of refrigeration plant in Morpol

Extensive experience ensured the successful expansion of a factory in Poland

Poland is the location of one of the world’s largest salmon processing factories. NIRAS played a key role in the 10,000-square-metre expansion of the factory.

Ustka on Poland’s Baltic coast is home to the world’s largest salmon processing factory. Its 80,000 square metres and 3,000 employees place the factory in a league of its very own. It is large, but still not large enough.

It takes extensive experience and an excellent overview to ensure that a project of this scale runs smoothly.

That is why NIRAS was involved in designing a master plan for a 10,000-square-metre conversion and expansion, followed by designing a conceptual design for the expansion of the factory, which is owned by Morpol - a subsidiary of Marine Harvest. As a natural extension of the work, NIRAS was also entrusted with the task of expanding and developing the associated refrigeration plants.

It takes extensive experience and an excellent overview to ensure that a project of this scale runs smoothly in a factory that is constantly producing. That is precisely why NIRAS was given the task of managing the expansion of the refrigeration plant.

On the basis of the master plan, NIRAS’s main task was to draw up a requirements specification and tender documents, in which they defined in great detail what the entire refrigeration plant was ultimately intended to look like. This meant that  Morpol got an optimum price and minimal problems in the installation and start-up phase.

NIRAS also established the specific requirements, which ensured that the customer received the right offers from international suppliers of refrigeration plants and local contractors in Poland.

In the context of Morpol’s factory expansion, NIRAS prioritised food safety, ensuring optimal refrigeration of the products and minimising contamination in the process. In the plans for the expansion of the refrigeration plant, one of the priorities was to observe the highest demands in terms of quality, efficiency, food safety and minimal consumption of energy.

Finally, NIRAS also served as supervisor on the project. In this context the job was to make sure that the operating contractor met all the project’s demands. It was NIRAS’s specifications, competencies and extensive experience that ultimately ensured that Morpol got the end product they were paying for.

Construction took place between June 2015 and February 2016.