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

Salmon processing plant in Norway

Major expansion of salmon processing plant in Norway boosts production capacity

An expansion and reconstruction of Marine Harvest's salmon processing plant, Ryfisk, in Norway has significantly increased the production capacity of the plant.

Marine Harvest's salmon processing plant, Ryfisk, has undergone a major expansion and reconstruction, comprising a new automated warehouse, new production equipment and a new harvesting vessel for catching and slaughtering salmon at sea and for transporting harvests to the plant for further processing, packing and dispatch.

Significantly increased capacity

Located by the fiords of Stavanger, the Ryfisk plant is one of four key production sites in Marine Harvest's supply chain in Norway. Marine Harvest is the world's largest salmon farming and processing plant with annual revenue exceeding NOK 25 billion. The processing capacity of the plant was boosted to meet the growing demand for salmon.

The expansion was carried out within budget and time, and the difference is quite tangible: The new plant can now process 70,000 tonnes of salmon a year compared to just 42,000 tonnes previously, corresponding to around 300 tonnes of salmon a day.

A state-of-the-art and efficient plant

NIRAS designed the expansion of the plant right from the initial master plan and the hygienic design, food safety aspects and optimum production efficiency to the final detailed design. NIRAS is a long-standing adviser to Marine Harvest and was also responsible for the invitation of tenders for process equipment, construction work and supply facilities.

Like many other players in the food industry, Marine Harvest supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals. NIRAS' consultancy services in connection with the expansion of the Ryfisk plant enabled the creation of a state-of-the-art and extremely efficient plant that supports Marine Harvest's intentions of being a driver of positive change in respect of clean water, sustainable energy consumption, etc.