Grieg outlines plans for airport processing centre

How Grieg's processing facility at Oslo Gardermoen airport will look

Grieg Seafood is answering the call to process more salmon in Norway with a new processing facility near the capital, Oslo.

The NOK 130m (£10m) centre (impression shown above) will be close to Gardermoen, Oslo’s main airport. The development is part of the company’s strategy to increase value creation and process more of its own fish.

Erik Holvik, Grieg’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Grieg Seafood aims to take one step closer to the customer and the market.

“With this tailor-made facility, we will make high quality products from our fish with the most modern equipment available. In addition, we will be able to cut significant amounts of CO2 emissions from the transportation of our products to the world.”

The company said it plans to establish the processing factory in a new and energy-efficient facility at the airport. It will have an annual processing capacity of 10,000 – 12,000 tonnes (HOG equivalent), with an option of increasing the capacity to 20,000 tonnes if needed at a later stage. The project will create up to 60 new jobs.

The location makes it possible to process Grieg Seafood’s salmon from its Northern region Finnmark as well as its Southern region in Norway, Rogaland. It is optimally placed, Grieg said, for smooth logistics to the markets by truck, boat, train or air freight.

Grieg plans to start processing its fish in the new facility during the summer of 2025.

Holvik added: “So far, we have worked with external partners to process some of our fish. We will continue these partnerships. With the new processing facility, we see opportunities for additional partnerships with salmon farmers and customers. It will be an exciting journey.”

Grieg plans to process 25% of its global production volume by 2026.

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