Russian meat giant starts construction of new huge slaughterhouse

Russian meat giant starts construction of new huge slaughterhouse

Investments in the company's project to double pig production will amount to more than 160 billion rubles (2.3 billion euros), of which over 68 billion rubles (almost 1 billion euros) is the cost of a robotic meat-chopper that will be able to process 4.5 million pigs per year. The new facility will create more than 5,000 new jobs in the region. The processing segment of the unit will be put into operation starting with 2020, and in 2021 Miratorg will launch the slaughter and boning segments.

Alexander Mikhailov, governor of the Kursk Oblast, where the new facility will be based, during the sod-turning ceremony, said the slaughterhouse would definitely be the largest one in the country, and probably among the largest enterprises of this kind in Europe.Given its scale, even for a company like Miratorg, it would be impossible to implement such a project alone, without the state support provided within the relevant federal programs in the form of reimbursement of interest rate and direct spends, Mikhailov indicated.

The Russian company invested more than 200 billion rubles (2.94 billion euros) in the construction of the new plant, which will produce three main types of meat: poultry, pork, and beef. The new slaughterhouse in the Oktyabrsky district of the Kursk region is part of the company's plans to double the capacity of the pig division to 1 million tons of pork per year, which will cover Russia's need to import chilled pork.