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Good progress on factory upgrade

Work is in progress to upgrade HB Grandi’s fishmeal factory in Vopnafjörður. Three of the boilers are being replaced with new. This is an extensive project that began a week before Christmas and is scheduled to be complete before 20th January.

‘It was time for an upgrade as these are old boilers that are being replaced, between 20 and 30 years old. The new equipment should ensure steadier production and it should also increase. It improves production reliability. It’s too early to say how it will affect power consumption, but we are hoping that it will require less electrical power,’ said Sveinbjörn Sigmundsson, HB Grandi’s Vopnafjörður factory manager.

The new boilers have been made by Héðinn, which has supplied staff to work alongside the HB Grandi workforce and local contractors to commission the new equipment. These are not small items, and the heaviest boiler weighed in at around 20 tonnes.

‘We brought in a local carpentry firm to open the factory roof, then the old equipment was hoisted out and the new ones lifted in. We reckon that a total of 160 to 170 tonnes has been moved. As can be imagined, it’s a challenge to make everything fit in place and we have been working up to 18 metres above the floor. But good progress is being made and if the catch reports look good at the beginning of the year we’ll speed things up if we need to,’ Sveinbjörn Sigmundsson said.