Kyleakin salmon feed plant nears completion

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Scotland’s latest fish feed mill is nearing the end of construction.

As construction nears completion at Marine Harvest Scotland’s new feed mill at Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, the company’s production teams are starting to train in the art of crafting feed to provide for company’s Scottish facilities, as well as for Ireland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.

In an email to SalmonBusiness from Marine Harvest, we were told that construction of the vessel dock is nearing completion, allowing soon for delivery of raw feed ingredients and feed trials. The location offers a convenient delivery point for raw materials by ship, and a central location for distribution of fish feed to Scotland and beyond.

Efficient route with lowest cost 
“From my perspective the focus of our build has been logistics. It’s our job to make sure the incoming materials and outgoing product see the most efficient route with lowest cost,” said Mick Watts, Global Development Engineer.

We were also told that Kevin O’Leary, Kyleakin Site Manager, said that 40 of his 53 person team are now hired and are now going through specialised training to ensure the team, which include engineers and milling technicians, are ready. The site will produce feed that includes starter and grower diets that’ll be milled to specified orders, including organic for the salmon giant’s aquaculture farms.

“We’ve been very fortunate to source the majority of staff locally, and have supplemented local talent with expertise from other regions,” said O’Leary. “Our team so far is a diverse group, representing over nine different countries, so the breadth of experience is already impressive.”

The company will also be sending select staff to relevant operations in America to bring expertise back to the Kyleakin.