Mun­dell hears about MH plans for Skye

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

SCOT­TISH Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell met Marine Har­vest CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog in Ber­gen last month to dis­cuss the com­pany’s de­vel­op­ments in Scot­land.

As part of a two-day trip to sup­port trade and in­vest­ment in Scot­land, the min­is­ter vis­ited the head­quar­ters of the world’s big­gest salmon farmer and heard about the com­pany’s ‘ex­cit­ing plans for Skye’, which in­clude the build­ing of its £93 mil­lion fish feed plant, cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

Mun­dell, in a Twit­ter post­ing from Ber­gen, said: ‘Nor­way is a re­ally im­por­tant part­ner for Scot­land and the UK. We want to main­tain those very strong re­la­tion­ships as we leave the EU and dis­cuss the very im­por­tant com­mon in­ter­ests we have, in the North Sea, in fish­ing and in other in­dus­tries. ‘We got a very warm wel­come, there’s a very pos­i­tive feel­ing in Nor­way to­wards Scot­land and the UK and that’s what we want to pre­serve as we go through the Brexit process.’

Marine Har­vest’s feed plant, un­der con­struc­tion at Al­tanavaig quarry, Kyleakin, on Skye, is due to be com­pleted in au­tumn next year. It in­cludes a 40m high main process build­ing, 15 stor­age si­los, and an in­take tower. There is also a new pier by which raw ma­te­ri­als will be brought in and fish feed sent out.

When op­er­a­tional, the plant will em­ploy 55 staff, and a re­cruit­ment drive is un­der­way to fill the posts, which in­clude jobs in pro­duc­tion, lo­gis­tics, main­te­nance, and health and safety.

Above: East el­e­va­tion of the main process build­ing

Above: Marine Har­vest CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog with David Mun­dell in Ber­gen

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