Experience example

Construction of a New Aquaculture Feed Manufacturing Plant

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" - Maimonides

Food Manufacturing

Aqua Feed

Production Systems


  • The client is a world leader in the production of high-performance feed for more than 45 different fish and shrimp species in more than 80 countries
  • The client identified that to support the growing Australian and Oceania aquaculture industry they needed to have a local manufacturing presence
  • After review the client selected a site in Tasmania and initiated a project to construct a A$60M aqua feed production facility
  • Cromarty were awarded the works to design, construct, install and commission the low voltage electrical system, the control system, the MES system and integrate into the clients global ERP system


The project was highly complex and required the use of multiple skill sets. Cromarty worked collaboratively with the client and the construction team to deliver the following:

  • Electrical design of entire low voltage electrical system
  • Development of the plant control functional descriptions
  • Delivery and commissioning of all PLC control code and SCADA
  • Delivery and commissioning of the MES system and interfacing with the client’s global order management and monitoring system
  • Supply and commissioning of all Motor Control Centre and VSDs
  • Intergration of 3rd party supplied equipment
  • Deliver & commission the entire LV electrical distribution and control system
  • Perform hazardous area assessment and compliance
  • Safety system design and implementation
  • Pre-commissioning and final commissioning


After a 2-year build process the automation of facility was successfully commissioned through a dry and wet commissioning process where the factory machinery and control systems were commissioned making the plant fully operational and meeting production targets to the clients timeframe. Following commissioning Cromarty have been actively engaged in supporting production and optimising manufacturing.

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