German food processing technology supplier GEA has supplied extraction lines for a new olive oil mill in Portugal, the company announced on 25 January.

The new Olibest facility in the country’s Alentejo region, backed by Portuguese investors led by Alvaro Labella, comprises a modern processing plant with a capacity of up to 1.5Mkg/day of olives.

GEA’s contract includes the supply and installation of five complete extraction lines and GEA pumps, hammer mills, malaxers and vibrating screens.

On each line, GEA oil extraction decanters will process up to 400 tonnes/day and GEA separators will polish the olive oil at a rate of 3,000 litres/hour.

The new mill was scheduled to start operation in the 2021/22 season, the company said.

“We’ve carried out several major projects in Portugal already and have been working successfully with Alvaro Labella in olive oil production for more than 10 years. We’re proud that GEA was selected once again, this time for the Olibest project, which also has scope for future expansion," said GEA Iberia’s separation & flow technologies division senior director Pedro Munoz.

GEA has seven offices in Spain and Portugal, located in key economic centres, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Huelva, Úbeda, Vigo and Lisbon.

At its Center of Excellence for Olive Oil in Úbeda, the company develops sustainable solutions for the olive sector, including training opportunities for customers.

As well as supplying technology for food processing, the company is also active in a range of other industries.