31 Aug 2016
HB Grandi’s Vopnafjördur factory is set to open in November
Groundfish production at HB Grandi’s Vopnafjördur factory has come a few steps closer and the building housing the company’s new fish processing facility is on track to be ready in November.
Located in a building where Tangi hf, one of the companies that became part of HB Grandi when it was formed, previously ran its groundfish processing, the premises are being brought up to standard and fitted out with a complete array of new processing equipment in the 500 square metre production area for 35 to 40 staff.
According to Bárdur Jónasson, HB Grandi’s technical manager in Vopnafjördur, there are a Curio heading machine and two filleting machines on the way.
‘The tub system, the skin chiller and the skinning system are from Skaginn in Akranes, and the Flexicut waterjet trimming machine and the trimming and packing line are from Marel,’ he said, commenting that before the fish processing equipment can be installed, the finishing touches need to be made to the processing room.
‘The next major step is the epoxy covering for the floors and walls of the processing room. Applying the material and its drying time are around 18 days, and once that is over we can start installing the equipment and fitting the connections and supply lines,’ Bárður Jónasson said.
Local carpentry contractor Mælifell in Vopnafjördur has the contract to make the required changes to the old freezing plant to bring it up to standard as HB Grandi’s new groundfish facility.
‘We have been making steady progress. All the plasterboard walls are in place and we can start tiling the changing rooms after the weekend. All of the connected facilities are also close to being ready,’ reported Steindór Sveinsson at Mælifell, and he said that they have had eight or nine staff working on the building all summer, as well as painters and plasterers.
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