Australian salmon feed mill will be ready in first half of 2019

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Ridley expects to have commissioned its new extrusion plant in Westbury, Tasmania, next year.

Ridley Corporation, the Australian feed manufacturer, says it is expects its new fish feed extrusion plant in Westbury, Tasmania to be commissioned ahead of schedule.

Ridley began construction work on the AUD 50 million (EUR 31.5 million) site in early 2018. The plant’s structure has gone up, silos erected, and all milling equipment assembled ready for construction on site, according to a press release.

The mill will have a 50,000 tonnes per annum capacity when completed.

“We are very proud to be able to provide the latest feed manufacturing technology for our customers with this latest Ridley development,” said Ridley managing director and CEO, Tim Hart.

“We are constantly looking at ways to deliver improvements for our customers,
including [the] adoption of the latest technology, and investment in the latest research with leading universities,” he added.

The extrusion plant has been deliberately located to ensure a steady supply of ingredients from local and mainland suppliers, with the intent to establish an efficient and consistent feed supply chain to Tasmania’s growing salmon farming industry.

Ridley received a AUD 2 million (EUR 1.2 million) grant from the Tasmanian government for the project, whose construction requires 250 contractors, while ultimately generating employment positions for 20 staff members when completed.