The environment, energy and fishmeal

Half of the Westmann Islands’ inhabitants enjoy a supply of free heating and hot water courtesy of the fishmeal factory. This use of excess power reduced oil consumption by 50%, also reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

VSV completed a major overhaul of its fishmeal production facilities in 2002 which saw the largest dryer in use in Iceland commissioned. At the same time, measures were taken to ensure that excess power resulting from the drying process could be utilised. To begin with, this was used to heat VSV’s own buildings but from 2003 the factory was linked directly to the local power utility and water heated to 75°C is piped directly from the factory to around half of the houses in the area.

This heat energy from the fishmeal factory is equivalent to 5Mw at full output and averages between 3 and 3.5Mw

Vinnslustödin produces two types of fishmeal:

  • NSM-meal (NorSeaMink) - High quality fishmeal
  • Fish meal standard

The company produces three types of fish oil.

The proportion of catches of capelin, herring and blue whiting that are not processed for human consumption are used to produce fishmeal and fish oil. Fishmeal is also produced from bones, skin and offal that are waste products of other production. This is an important part of ensuring that everything is utilised.

Fishmeal and fish oil are high-protein products that are used mainly for feed in aquaculture and farming.


  • Vinnslustöðin hf.
  • Hafnargötu 2
  • 900 Vestmannaeyjar
  • Tel (+354) 488 8000
  • Fax (+354) 488 8001