TINE’s new Bergen dairy to save energy

By Jim Cornall contact

- Last updated on GMT

TINE's existing Bergen facility cannot be modernized due to a lack of space. Pic:TINE
TINE's existing Bergen facility cannot be modernized due to a lack of space. Pic:TINE
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the Norwegian dairy company TINE SA have signed a loan agreement of NOK 400m ($52m), with a 12-year maturity, on financing for the construction of TINE’s new dairy in Bergen, Norway.

The roof of the building will be fitted with solar panels and waste heat from refrigerating machines will be utilized in heat pumps to save energy. In situations where the heat from the heat pumps is insufficient to cover the needs, heating based on biofuel will be used.

An area of 6,200 m2 of the building’s roof will be equipped with photovoltaic solar panels, which are expected to generate 0.567 GWh of solar power annually. The use of water and the generation of wastewater are also forecast to diminish due to the investment.

Also, the new dairy is located in an industrial area outside the city of Bergen, meaning fewer people will be affected by vehicles traveling to and from the dairy.

New facility

The estimated annual energy-efficiency gain in the new dairy is approximately 5 GWh, which corresponds to a decrease of around 40% in use of electricity compared to the situation before the investment.

The new 18,000 m2 facility, in Espenhaugen, Bergen, will consist of production, storage, and a distribution center for milk and juice.

The total annual production capacity will be 45m liters. When it comes into operation in August 2019, the new dairy will replace the company’s existing Bergen production facility, which could not be modernized due to lack of site space.

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries.

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