At a meeting yesterday, the municipal council of Akranes, West Iceland, approved a letter of intent to seafood company HB Grandi, indicating a willingness to greatly improve facilities for fish processing in the town. The cost will run in the billions of krónur, Vísir reports.
This move came in response to the announcement by HB Grandi on Monday that the company planned to discontinue processing demersal fish in the town, citing a lack of harbor facilities and processing facilities to process all the catch from HB Grandi’s wet fish trawler. If the company closes its demersal fish processing operation in Akranes, the jobs of 93 people are at risk.
“This letter of intent shows HB Grandi that we’re ready to go very far in meeting their demands and in improving their facilities for processing demersal fish here in Akranes,” stated mayor Sævar Freyr Þráinsson. “Our intention is, if acceptable agreement is reached, to show them that the facilities here are much better than in Reykjavík. We hope that the CEO will take this letter to a board meeting [today] where the matter will be discussed.
The letter describes the town’s willingness to create an area for a freezing storage, in addition to a processing facility, and to enlarge the wharves to accommodate the company’s fleet.
The statement reads, “The municipal council of Akranes requests that the board of HB Grandi postpone for a month its plans to close demersal fish processing facilities in Akranes and that it reconsider its plans in light of the aforesaid.”