The concept has paid off. With it, TINE has reduced energy consumption by 40 percent overall – earning the company recognition by the European Heat Pump Association. Besides the heat pumps, the dairy also has 6,000 square meters of solar panels installed on its roof to generate and store backup power.
Ahead of schedule
This was the first time TINE had entrusted the Krones Group with the entire range of process technology – and Mårten Haukjem is more than satisfied with the results. “One of the reasons we chose Krones is that they are a large group with a lot of experience. Even the bid they submitted was almost exactly what we had imagined from a technical perspective, and we had many good, valuable conversations during the clarification phase. We always felt good about it and consistently felt that we had made the right choice.”
Besides the technical aspects, the timetable also played an important role. And although Milkron served as the general contractor, coordinating all of the subcontractors, and handling the entire execution of the project, there were still plenty of points of contact. “Timing is always a crucial element on a big project like this. Everyone involved in this project worked together extremely well, during the planning stages and during the critical stages of construction. In the end, we were able to go into production a week earlier than planned,” says Mårten Haukjem. Milkron took care of some final adjustments and then even relocated a juice system from the old dairy to the new one.
One of the reasons we chose Krones is that they are a large group with a lot of experience.