Frost supplies new fish factory

Frost building the pump system on site Frost building the pump system on site
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Vardin Pelagic’s new pelagic fish processing plant opened at the beginning of July in Tvøroyri, Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands, and Kælismiðjan Frost tells World Fishing & Aquaculture that it is very proud to have been selected to supply the freezing equipment.

Frost first signed the contract with Vardin Pelagic, along with Skaginn, on 1 March 2012 and the system was delivered and up and running during the first week of July - meaning the design and erection time for this plant was 18 weeks from signing the contract to delivery.

Guðmundur Hannesson, Frost’s sales manager told WF&A: “This project is one of the most challenging projects that Frost has participated in, especially because of the incredibly short delivery time - not only for our freezing system but for all the other processing equipment and new cold store and reception buildings. A lot of other changes also had to be made to existing facilities at the same time.”

The equipment delivered was a complete two-step pump system for ammonia and all freezing equipment, such as screw compressors, condensers, pumps, ammonia tanks, evaporators, and manual and automatic valves. Frost was also responsible for the technical design and layout of the system, including connecting to fully automatic plate freezers from Skaginn. Frost and Skaginn have been cooperating for the last two decades in developing pelagic freezing methods in Iceland.

Lighter and more environmentally friendly cartons are used in the factory, which also reduces cost. Frost’s equipment is also said to increase shelf life and will freeze fish four to five times faster than traditional blast freezing. The energy saving has been calculated at more than 0.1kW for each frozen kilogram.

The factory has now been operational for a whole mackerel season with capacity 600t plus  per day. The main species processed at the factory are mackerel, herring and blue whiting, but the freezers are also capable of freezing capelin.

The factory is one of the most automated in the world - during 24 hours 600 tons of fish are frozen and handled, with only 20-25 people per watch. Labour will not increase by much when the factory is extended to 1000t per 24 hours.

“It was amazing how the local people in this small 1800 population area dealt with this enormous increase to the population. There were almost 100 workers from Iceland during the erection of the freezing system and processing equipment, plus other contractors from Denmark and the Faroe Islands,” said Mr Hannesson.

“The owners of the factory showed huge courage by taking this decision with such short notice, where there was no time for mistakes. Frost is very proud that we were selected and trusted to fulfil this job.”

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