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Large Freezing Plant Rising in East Fjords

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Large Freezing Plant Rising in East Fjords

Eskifjörður, East Iceland.

From Eskifjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The fishing company Eskja is constructing a 7,000 m2 (75,333 ft2) pelagic freezing plant in Eskifjörður, the East Fjords, to be taken into use in November, RÚV reports. Over 100 people are working on the construction. The plant will have the capacity to process 800 tons of fish a day, with the possibility of increasing capacity to 1200 tons with minor changes.

Although the process is highly automated, numerous jobs will be created. Haukur Jónsson, production manager for the company, reports that 40-50 jobs will be created in Eskifjörður. Eskja is turning its focus away from freezing at sea to freezing on land. The company operates three ships.

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