Norwegian whitefish and crab supplier Hitramat is building Europe's first facility to process byproducts from shellfish.

The 1,000-square-meter facility will be built in partnership with Norwegian biotechnology company NutriShell.

The new factory will be an extension to Hitramat's production facility on the island of Hitra, which is located in western Norway. Hitramat processes 4,500 metric tons of crab annually, which accounts for about 70 percent of all crab landed in Norway.

The products will partly be used in feed and in the pharmaceutical industry.

NutriShell hopes the factory model that can be used elsewhere in the world where shellfish production occurs.

Work on the project began last year and is set for completion during the summer of 2023.

Hitra is Europe's largest crab processor and employs about 160 staff.