Mowi selling Ulvøya processing plant to Måsøval

Mowi's Ulvøya processing plant.

Måsøval has submitted the winning bid for Mowi’s Ulvøya salmon-processing plant in Norway’s Hitra municipality.

Måsøval CEO Helge Kvalvik said his company plans to increase capacity at the facility and continue harvesting operations there, pending completion of the sale. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Mowi announced it was selling its 7,500-square-meter salmon slaughterhouse, which sits on a 55,000-square-meter plot in Ulvøya, Norway, in October 2023, as it moves to a new facility on nearby Jøsnøya. Work on the factory, which will have a production capacity of 100,000 metric tons, is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2024, according to Mowi Mid-Region Director Olaf Skjærvik.

“Hopes are high for the benefits it will bring,” Skjærvik said. “This will be a state-of-the-art factory built for the future … The new factory will produce high-quality seafood in a much more efficient way than we do today. The building design is very modern and will create a more welcoming environment for our staff whilst optimizing health and safety features.”

The new plant in Hitra will receive salmon from sea harvest vessels only, according to Skjærvik. Mowi Norway is now using four sea harvest vessels to supply its processing plants, with the company’s Southern Norway Region completely converted to exclusively using vessels as its supply vehicles.

“Building on this experience, Mowi intends to increase the capacity of these vessels and, in the long term, substitute wellboat transport with sea harvest vessels, which represent an improvement in fish welfare,” Skjærvik said.

Photo courtesy of Mowi


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