For some, a great chance and hope for solving problems, for others a nightmare and a reason for concern. Representatives of Paula Fish company explain their investment in the industrial zone covering the area of fish processing companies. A lot of controversies arose around the establishment of a fish meal and fish oil production plant. The inhabitants of Słupsk are afraid of the unpleasant odor coming from the processing. Is it right? This question is asked in detail by the investor – Paula Fish.
Paula Fish is a family-owned company that has been dealing in fish processing and transport for 20 years. Thanks to a modern approach to business, she was recognized as a market leader. The idea of Paul Fish has always been the development of a business that carries concern for the natural environment and its employees. The company gives employment to 500 people. Currently Paula Fish has two production plants in the area of the Special Economic Zone Słupsk and its own fleet of over 150 trucks. The idea of Paul Fish has always been sustainable development, which is responsible for the environment, employees and society – as a market leader – Paula Fish has become the force initiating the inclusion of ecological and social aspects in its operations. Paula Fish is committed to using marine raw materials, sustainable use of marine resources, and cooperation with authorities, organizations and official experts in the field.
Unique in terms of quantity and quality of fresh raw material for the production of a high-grade fish meal, it is the key to the success of the entire enterprise. No less important, however, is the creation of approximately 40 new jobs and the further development of “Paula Fish”, and consequently providing employment for further interested.
The location of the investment is located in an industrial zone near four fish processing plants. The raw material in the plant will consist of fresh salmon semi-finished products and pelagic fish, both from fishing and from post-production products, in cases when the pelagic fish cannot be used for the implementation of accepted orders due to size reasons.
The assumption is to build technological lines to the highest standard, which will allow us to produce the highest quality product from a fresh raw material. The human grade standard in the future gives the possibility to develop functional products based on proteins with a specific peptide chain or individual amino acids (including nutrients, drugs, and dietary supplements). Plants using old technologies and installations that produce meal and oil from stale fish raw material have no chance of achieving the human grade standard. The Paula Fish investment is ahead of its competition.
Due to the diversity of the raw material and the possibility of its various applications, it was decided to invest in two independent production lines for the production of fish meal and oil, separately for salmon and for pelagic fish. The assumption is to provide only fresh fish raw material.
Production lines for the processing of salmon and pelagic fish, although they will vary in size and yield, they will be very similar in their concept. The need to install two lines results from the different processing characteristics of the raw material, different characteristics of raw material availability, the need to separate species due to different product markets, and additional activities of pre-treatment of pelagic fish from dioxins. In a nutshell, the process will involve fragmentation of the raw material and its heating, after which the decanters and separators will be separated from pulp (wet mass of the product), which after drying and crushing will be the main product which is the fish meal.
Paula Fish will use the latest line of global leaders in the production of equipment for fish meal and oil. The individual elements of the installation will be designed and manufactured with respect to the best standard and environmentally friendly solutions that are not invasive to the environment of the production plant.
For example, Haarslev Industries provides advanced solutions for a global environment.
Alfa Laval is a global technology leader dealing with heat exchange, separation and dosing.
GEA is one of the largest technology suppliers for the food industry and many other branches of the processing industry.
Flottweg’s products play a key role in the process of cleaning liquids, separating mixes and compacting and draining liquids.
The technological project was prepared by the leaders on the European market when it comes to fish processing into meal and oil. All technological solutions used are tested in installations operating in the west and north of Europe.
Determinants of the highest quality of technology are the class of the final product and minimization of the nuisance of the factory, the undesirable smell for the local community.
The construction project was made by a recognized and experienced enterprise that has been building fish processing plants for many years.
The entire ventilation system of the plant has been designed in such a way that the technological line is ventilated directly in the place of aroma formation, and the entire air stream flows straight into the purification. In addition, the high-performance ventilation system of the production halls has been designed so that the smell can only escape from the treatment room through the filter system.
To ensure the comfort of the local community, the plant will be equipped with a proven filter system that minimizes the level of odor compounds emanating from the factory.
Complex cleaning systems will be installed on the site, eg biofilters that stop almost completely odor emissions. They are biological air filters used to remove odors of organic origin. Purification of air consists in catching organic odor compounds by feeding them bacteria deposited in a biofilter, as well as through organic odor absorbing inserts. Ideally suited to processing plants, sewage treatment plants, and sewage pumping stations.
The chosen technology guarantees the production of the highest quality fish oil and meal. For this purpose, it is necessary to process fresh raw material in the form of fish and fish post-production rejects. The plant will not carry out any recycling or processing of stale and unknown origin of the raw material. The raw material delivered to the plant will be unloaded directly to the plant.
The Paula Fish company is obliged to provide the best filters due to the warranty and service requirements of the technologies and machines used.
Currently, fish meal as such, despite the human grade standard, will not be a product that could be used in a primary form for human consumption. However, human grade quality offers many opportunities to sell flour for the use of high-quality pet food. An additional advantage of this solution is, with a certain modification of the process to obtain selected proteins that can be the basis for the production of food intended for people.
The use of the latest available technology to reduce onerous odors is crucial for the investor from the point of view of accepting responsibility for not worsening the standard of health and life of the local community, which he himself is a part of.
Based on such a rational approach to business, many of the unfavorable opinions and views regarding the investment being implemented are not reflected in the technological solutions adopted by the investor.
Despite social concerns, Paula Fish considers the construction of meal and oil production plant as a very safe and at the same time important investment for the city and the region.
January 24, 2018