Fishing and processing company Eskja, based in the Icelandic east coast port of Eskifjörður, has contracted Skaginn and a group of partner companies to build a new pelagic processing plant. With a construction time of only six months, the new factory is scheduled to be ready for production in September this year.
Skaginn is the main contactor for the new factory, along with Frost ehf and Rafeyri ehf, in the contruction and equipping of the new 7000 square metre factory designed to process pelagic species for human consumption with a throughput capacity of up to 1200 tonnes per 24 hours.
The company is not new to this kind of rapid construction programme, having already built comparable factories in the Faroe Islands in 2012 and 2014, although Skaginn’s managing director Ingólfur Árnason said that this is the largest single project to date that the company has embarked on, along with its partner companies.
The building itself is designed by Efla and is being built by local contractors. Producing the contents of the sophisticated factory creates business all over Iceland, with the main component handled at Akranes by Skaginn and partner company Thorgeir & Ellert. In Akureyri Frost and Rafeyri are working on the refrigeration and electrical systems, while Skaginn’s partner 3X Technology in Ísafjörður is supplying much of the factory hardware. Marel and Style in Garðabær are also contributing specialised systems and Siglufjörður engineering company SR is also involved, along with many other contractors as the new factory is prepared to be ready for production in only six months.