THE Northbay fish processing factory at Peterhead is about to reopen – just a year after it was devastated by fire.
The company says it is ready to commence pelagic processing when the mackerel season gets underway later this month.
‘A big effort throughout 2015 saw the fire damaged building demolished, cleared and a new processing facility built on the same site,’ the company said in a statement.
‘The new building houses a brand new internal layout with some of the most advanced equipment for pelagic processing and freezing.’
The fire broke out on January 17 last year with flames lighting up the night sky in dramatic fashion.
Two major areas of the factory were destroyed in the fire, which was alight through the night. The plant’s main processing and packing facilities were lost, along with its office and administration blocks.
Although police began an investigation into the cause it was thought at the time that the fire was result of an electrical fault.
Almost immediately Aberdeenshire Council offered practical help to the 120 full-time and 100 temporary staff whose jobs were affected by the fire. Local fishing companies also helped by pledging to fulfil contracts.
Northbay, which is one of the biggest employers in the area, said key parts of the factory remained operational and promised to rebuild the site.
The speed at which the site has been brought back into action has impressed many, including the Peterhead Harbour Authority.
Because the damage was so extensive, the company has been able to completely redesign the site