Fortuna Oils is based within the beating heart of Norway’s fishing industry – Kristiansund, with it’s centuries old history, traditions and expertise in fishing, fish processing and the development of fish based products.
Fortuna Oils refinery was established in Kristiansund in 2004. Here we process and produce the finest quality fish oils for a constantly expanding global market in our state-of-the-art, food grade facility. Modernised in 2017, the plant is certified to ISO 9001-2015 and has a capacity of 1400 metric tons of the finest quality refined oil per annum.
Quality assurance and control
Before entering the facility, all raw materials are sampled, analysed and approved by our QC department. The actual refining process is subject to the approval and certification of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and HACCP System (critical control points). Once the refining is complete, the oils are subjected to a rigorous final analysis prior to certification and approval.
A Brief Overview of the Plant and Refining Process
Prior to the refining and production process, crude oils are stored in four storage tanks with a total capacity of 1400 metric tons. They are then processed as follows:
This process which paradoxically does not involve bleach, is designed to maximise colour and eliminate pigments and other impurities.
Crystallisation and filtering:
This process is designed to enhance the content of unsaturated fatty acids and maintain their integrity in cold storage. The gradual cooling process is carefully controlled using a ‘cooling curve’ determined by our data system and can take anything between eight and twelve hours, dependent on the quantity of oil being processed.
The deodorisation process removes environmental and toxic contaminants as well as any volatile substances that could cause unwanted odours or taste. This process is carried out by using a horizontal reactor. The plant can operate with 5% (stripping) steam compared to an industry standard of 1-2%.
The required levels of vitamins and antioxidants are secured through this final drumming and packaging process. It is semi-manual to ensure product safety and stability. The plant has its own nitrogen injection system – membrane filter technology – and is capable of producing 1400 tons at full capacity.