Norvite has invested more than £600,000 in a new plant for crushing oilseeds at South Blackbog, Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire.
The new plant, the Norvite Expeller Oil Seeds (NEOS) plant, will cold press locally sourced oilseed rape to produce a high quality animal feeds. The oil will be filtered to a grade equivalent to extra virgin oils and marketed as Neoflo for use as a high energy source in farm diets. The protein rich meal, branded Neopro, will be blended into Norvite feed products.
The state-of-the-art plant, built and fitted out by local contractors, is the largest of its kind in Britain and became fully operational on Monday (June 1).
Initially it will crush 4000 tonnes (t) of oilseed rape annually, which will yield approximately 2600t of protein rich meal and 1400t (1,288,000 litres) of oil. There is, however, capacity in the system to treble this amount.
Edward Smith, managing director of Norvite, said “We are really excited about this new venture as it is good news for the local agricultural industry; both for the people who feed animals, and those that grow crops. It will provide an outlet for oilseed rape which previously didn’t exist, potentially we could process up to 30 per cent of the crop grown in the north-east.”
The deal was supported by Clydesdale Bank, which provided a six figure funding package.
Ian Grant, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Aberdeen, said: “Norvite is a strong and well-managed business with ambitious growth plans.
“The company’s new rapeseed oil plant is a great boost for the agricultural sector in the north east as it will produce more environmentally-friendly feed and has the potential to generate new jobs.”