With the capelin season running at full tilt, production needs to be secure. Westmann Islands company Vinnslustöðin (VSV) has leased a pair of 1mW Caterpillar generators to ensure that fishmeal production and other processing have the energy they need.
The company’s technical manager Willum Andersen commented that in the land of green and renewable energy, it’s a very odd situation for a company to be forced to fall back on diesel-powered power generation to ensure that production gets the power it needs.
‘It’s very odd to have to be doing this in a country in which the government never tires of talking about green energy and the switch to renewable power,’ he said.
One of the two leased generators is linked to VSV’s fishmeal production and the other to the discharging and roe production systems.
Willum Andersen warned that the 50mW 0f priority energy promised to the Westman Islands by 2030 isn’t going to go far, as by the VSV’s power requirement can be expected to be around 26mW as the company expands its shore processing and fishmeal production. To this can be added Ísfélag’s power requirements and that of the aquaculture sector that is expected to take off in the near future.