Samoa Tuna Processors, the company that's leasing the former Samoa Packing plant has awarded a contract for the demolition of old cold storage buildings near the cannery dock at Atu'u.
The move is a major step forward in its plans to start a fish processing facility.
Local company Paramount Builders, was awarded the job to demolish three cold storage buildings in preparation for construction of a new 5,000 ton capacity facility with state-of-the-art fish receiving, sizing and storage capability.
The demolition, which also includes the recycling of obsolete equipment, is expected to be completed in about 3 months' time.
A separate contract for the transfer of electrical transformers, cabling and switchgear required for the demolition and construction project was awarded to another local firm, ICON Engineering.
In the meantime, Samoa Tuna Processors continues to receive, process and export fresh tuna by air freight for the premium tuna markets in both Japan and the United States mainland.
A 2,000 ton capacity cold storage facility located at the east end of their site is operating, following an upgrade and re-commissioning.