Quinlan Brothers upgrades Bay de Verde plant
New control system for refrigeration nits will reduce energy costs
Quinlan Brothers Ltd. expects a system its installing at its Bay de Verde fish plant will save the company money by reducing energy costs.
The provincial government is covering the installation cost for the new control system for refrigeration units, providing an automatic shutoff when the units are not in use, in processing snow crab and shrimp.
The total price tag for the system stands at about $250,000, according to the vice-president of Quinlan Brothers, Robin Quinlan, who was on hand for a media event to announce the province’s contribution in St. John’s last Wednesday.
“This is the largest facility that we have, Bay de Verde, with regards to refrigeration equipment. This would be the best-case scenario, because it’s the largest power bill that we have. So if there’s savings that could be realized, we’ll see it there in a grand scale,” Quinlan said.
The company will be kicking in $100,000 of its own funds and the remaining $50,000 or so has been covered under a program led by Newfoundland Power, he said.
The provincial government’s contribution of $100,000 is nonrepayable, as opposed to a repayable government loan.
It is being provided under the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s Fisheries and Technology New Opportunities Program.
The money is being granted with the hope the savings will, ultimately, spur other companies to invest in energy-saving plant upgrades.
“If we can make the industry stronger and more competitive locally, we’re obviously making it stronger nationally and internationally,” Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Vaughan Granter told reporters when asked about the returns.
If effective, the system is expected to pay for itself in just two years.
“If this system works and we can obtain the projected savings that we anticipate, or that’s been given to us in an estimated form, we would most certainly install these systems in the remainder of our plants,” Quinlan said. “Overall, that’s a significant amount of processing capacity here on the island that would be fitted with these power saving systems.”
Granter said the application for the energy-efficient system could extend outside of the fisheries, to other manufacturing and heavy industry.
“By modifying existing technologies and adopting new, efficient equipment, the new system has the potential to generate 10 to 15 per cent energy savings overall,” he said.
The Quinlan Brothers plant is part of an ongoing three-plant pilot study, being led by the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation. Quinlan said the centre approached his company and asked it to take part in the study.
The other two plants involved are controlled by Allen’s Fisheries Ltd. and Ocean Choice International. Funding from the province for systems at those plants was similarly announced in January, with each company set to receive more than $75,000 for energy-efficient chill units to be installed in the six weeks following.
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation is evaluating the systems as they are installed.
— The Telegram
A view of the processing plant in Bay de Verde.