It was in 1979 that Star provided Associated Seafoods with two packages for their cold storage and production facilities on the Moray Firth coast in Scotland, making it the oldest plant in Star's history.
“I’ve been here for around 27 years, and the system was already in place when I started. It is always running – 24/7. We worked out that it’s been running for 324,342hours non-stop,” Roddy added.
Associated Seafoods has been in business since 1913. Experiencing steady growth over the years, the company now owns a specialist group of seafood companies comprising Moray Seafoods, Lossie Seafoods and GlenIsla Shellfish. The company is internationally recognised for the premium quality of their langoustines, prawns, crabs, scallops, shellfish, and The Pride of Scotland smoked salmon.
Calum McKenzie, Star's Regional Manager for Scotland, said: “This is one of the first systems built using the low pressure receiver. During defrost, refrigerant flow is reversed, with hot gas flowing to the evaporator where the latent head of condensation is used to melt ice formation. This process has now been proven to be an exceptionally efficient way of defrosting and it is used in the most modern and energy-efficient refrigeration systems today.”
The systems initially ran on ozone-depleting R502. Although very common in the 1970s and 1980s, it is now illegal to use HCFCs and the system has since been converted to non ozone-depleting and low GWP refrigerant.
Roddy said: “As long as it is kept as well looked as it has been until now, it could keep going for another 10 years, easy.”
Stuart Gibson, Operation Director at Associated Seafoods, said: "We are hoping to expand in the near future and continue our relation with Star Refrigeration. For me, there’s never been anybody but Star to work with.”