Installation has begun of the main equipment at the Russian Cod plant, which the Russian Fishing Company (RFS) is building in Murmansk together with the Agama Group.
This new groundfish processing plant is being built in Murmansk, and production is scheduled to start up on September this year, supplying seafood to local retail outlets as well as chains across Russia.
‘It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of the fact that fish processing is developing in Murmansk,‘ said the region’s acting governor Andrei Chibis.
‘We are delighted that we have investors who are building the plant ahead of schedule. These are 210 jobs for people in Murmansk, which is of fundamental importance for us.’
‘This year, the plant will be commissioned and premium quality products will appear on the shelves of Murmansk stores and federal retail chains,’ said RFC’s CEO Fyodor Kirsanov.
‘The development of deep processing in Russia means quality control at all stages of production, new jobs, additional contributions to the budget, including from the export of products with high added value instead of raw exports. As a result, both the industry, and the consumer, and the state benefit.’
The design capacity of the plant is more than 50 tonnes of finished cod and haddock products per day. Modern systems for the proper defrosting of raw material and freezing of finished products ensures the preservation of quality and nutritional properties of fish.
The equipment includes an innovative automated line for processing cod fillets from Icelandic company Marel.
The plans of the Russian Fishing Company include the construction of another cod and haddock processing plant in Murmansk with a capacity of at least 25 tonnes of finished products per day. Currently, the application for the allocation of quotas for this project has been approved for participation in the auction within the state investment quotas programme.