Biomar Australia to commission fish feed facility in Tasmania
Biomar Australia has announced it will start commissioning a USD 38 million (EUR 34.5 million) feed mill in Wesley Vale in early February, with an official opening planned for April and full production to start in the middle of 2020.
BioMar Australia Chief Executive Officer David Whyte said in a press statement that 2020 will be a “big year” for the company.
He added that the new feed mill is set to produce up to 110,000 metric tons per annum of aquafeed products to support the aquaculture industry, spurring some 55 full-time jobs and an additional 30 jobs “across the region through indirect support, operational, port services ,and logistical roles.”
Whyte also said BioMar is marking the final stages of the project by moving into the new office building next week.
“We’re looking forward to completing the dry phase in the next couple of weeks, and then moving onto the trial manufacture, where we’ll be producing the finished products,” he said.
BioMar Australia said that aquafeed production facility will boost the local economy by creating jobs and further contributing to the growing aquaculture industry.
The facility was also made possible via a Tasmania Liberal Government grant of AUS 2.3 million (USD 1.5 million, EUR 1.4 million) towards the feed mill.
“We are very grateful for the Tasmania Liberal Government’s commitment of AUD 2.3 million towards this project and the support and of the Office of the Coordinator-General in securing the site in Wesley Vale,” Paddy Campbell, managing director of BioMar U.K., said.
Dubbed as a world-class, state-of-the-art fish feed innovation and production facility, the Tasmania feed mill has already received interest from local primary producers to supply ingredients.
Whyte said that there are already 36 staff members on board in a variety of roles.
“We’re pretty much at full strength for this stage of the project, and the new team are excited about starting up feed production,” he said.