Comprehensive extension of salmon processing factory in Norway

Extension of processing factory in Norway

The extension of Marine Harvest's processing factory in Ryfisk, Norway, has increased production capacity by 40%.

On June 12, Marine Harvest’s expansion of its salmon processing factory, Ryfisk, in Norway, was officially opened. NIRAS has designed the factory extension that has significantly increased production capacity of the factory.

June 22, 2018

The comprehensive extension of Marine Harvest’s salmon processing factory, Ryfisk, that is situated in the Fjords inside Stavanger, Norway, was officially opened on June 12. The rebuilding and extension include new salmon production equipment, new automatic fish box storage and a new ship for harvesting and killing the salmon on the sea and for bringing it to the factory for further processing, packing, and shipping.

Designing a factory for future demand

Marine Harvest is the world’s largest salmon breeding and processing company, with an annual turnover of more than NOK 25 billion. The Ryfisk plant is one of four anchor production sites in the Marine Harvest Norway supply chain.

In order to cope with the increasing demand for salmon, the capacity of the factory needed a boost. NIRAS, who has been a trusted advisor to Marine Harvest for many years, was engaged to design the factory extension from initial master planning, hygienic design, and considerations regarding food safety and optimal productivity, until final detailed design. Moreover, NIRAS handled the tender collection of process equipment, building works, and utilities.

“In-depth knowledge of food plant design in the Norwegian market combined with strong expertise in advising Danish food manufacturers was decisive when choosing NIRAS as our consultant. And it proved to be just the right choice for us," says Factory Manager Per-Magne Gabrielsen. 

Significant capacity boost

The result of the extension that was completed within time and cost budget is significant: The new factory can handle 70,000 tonnes of salmon a year. Before, that number was 42,000 tonnes. On a regular day, the plant can process approx. 300 tonnes of salmon.

"NIRAS has delivered strong solutions that ensure that production can meet future demands while also meeting the need for safe food production and safe and sound working conditions," says Factory Manager Per-Magne Gabrielsen.

Supporting sustainable development

As many other major players in the food processing industry, Marine Harvest has incorporated UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their work.

In connection with the extension of the Ryfisk plant, NIRAS helped to establish a modern and highly efficient factory that supports Marine Harvest’s aspiration to drive positive change towards clean water and energy, just to mention a few.