Thursday 29 February 2024
 6.6°C   SW Strong Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Business / Plans to produce fertiliser and biodiesel as by-products of dead fish

The SEM building in Lerwick. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

THERE are plans for a facility in Lerwick which would turn dead fish into fertiliser as well as biodiesel.

SEM Energy has successfully applied to vary its licence with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the project.

The licence for the company’s existing facility at the Greenhead Base is for storing and processing dead fish, but the variation will allow staff to extract valuable resources from the waste.

It is proposed that around 3,500 tonnes of category two fish mortality waste would be received every year.

Creating sustainable by-products, the solids would be used for fertiliser production, and the resulting fish oil would go towards the production of biodiesel.

A spokesperson for SEM said: “We are engaged with a variety of stakeholders across the islands with the objective of achieving best available practice, and during this process to date, we aren’t aware of this type of process happening elsewhere in Shetland.”

Biodiesel is a form of fuel derived from plants or animals, and it offers carbon savings compared to traditional diesel.

There is said to be a growing demand for biodiesel, and SEM has received interest from industries such as agriculture, marine, power generation and transport.

And the company might not stop at fertiliser and biodiesel, with research ongoing into “additional applications and markets”.

SEM recently sought to recruit a manager for its Lerwick site, overseeing the daily operations of the fish acceptance and processing facility.

Head of project delivery Gary Broadley​ said the project fits in with the company’s wider portfolio of services, “which are focused on reducing CO2 emissions, repurposing waste and protecting our precious waters”.

“We are working with our partners in the aquaculture industry in Shetland, and beyond, as they seek to operate in a consistently ethical and environmentally responsible way,” he added.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

“We support them to manage their waste streams in line with the twin aims of compliance and CO2 reduction, but also with the potential to generate high-value by-products as part of the circular economy.”

Broadley said the company continues to work closely with SEPA, as well as the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), to ensure that the Gremista facility is “best in class”.

There is also a planning application to extend SEM’s existing premises.

Broadley said this “forms part of our plan to exceed, wherever possible, the requirements of the regulatory bodies”.

“Having worked with local businesses and community groups to develop the site since the outset, we are very proud to be part of the Shetland business community, and look forward to developing these relationships further as the project progresses,” he added.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.