£15M upgrade to Fort William fish farm facility

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Fish farming giant Mowi has been granted permission for a £15million upgrade to its plant at Blar Mhor in Fort William, transforming it into ‘one of the most efficient and highest capacity fish processing facilities in the world’.

Scott Nolan, processing director, said: ‘Mowi is investing around £15 million in the upgrade of this facility, securing the long-term future of the plant here in Fort William, and incorporating market-leading innovation and technology that will put us at the forefront of salmon processing. We will have the capability to pack 200 fish a minute which is phenomenal!’

Staff are very much at the heart of this upgrade, Mowi explained: ‘Firstly, a lot of the technology used in the upgrade, such as automation, will make a lot of the manual more difficult jobs like heavy lifting, much easier. In future, over 80 per cent of the boxes will be robotically lifted. Secondly, before construction begins, management is keen to get staff feedback on how staff facilities can be improved.’

Mr Nolan added: ‘We will be presenting staff with a 3D fly through of the vision for the Blar later this month. That will be a key opportunity for us to get input into the plans and how we can improve their working environment such as break out areas and refreshment facilities.’

The tender process for building works is due to start later this month. It is hoped that the new build, an extension of 700 m2 featuring a two-storey extension of 45m by 15m will be completed in Q2 next year.