BioMar's Tasmanian feed plant will produce up to 110,000 tonnes of aquafeed annually. Photo: BioMar.

BioMar starts Australia feed plant on time and on budget

Danish aquafeed supplier BioMar has begun production at its €40 million fish feed plant in Tasmania, Australia.

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To comply with Covid-19 social distancing requirements the milestone was marked by a virtual media conference, in which Tasmania’s primary industries and water minister Guy Barnett congratulated the company on its work, BioMar said in a press release.

BioMar Australia’s managing director, David Whyte, who was onsite during the virtual launch, thanked all parties involved for helping the company deliver the project on schedule and budget.

David Whyte at the new feed plant in Tasmania. Photo: BioMar.

Up and running

“While it’s not currently possible to formally celebrate our opening together with our staff, customers and community, we must acknowledge all those involved in bringing the project to life,” said Whyte.

“We are now up and running in Tasmania and we’re excited to add our technical and production capacity to the region’s aquaculture industry,” added the executive, who has a BSc in Marine Biology from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and has more than three decades’ experience in aquaculture production and supply companies in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.

“Trials of our products are already under way in a variety of species in Australia and New Zealand, and we are bringing BioMar’s global best practices and nutritional know-how into our region helping to support sustainable innovation in aquaculture.”

110,000 tonnes

BioMar Group chief executive Carlos Diaz also attended the virtual opening from Chile.

BioMar announced plans to establish production in Australia in 2017 and after a two-year build, the first trucks of feed have started to roll out of the facility.

The factory will produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of feed to support the Australian and Oceania aquaculture industry.