New Norway land-based salmon (RAS) project to begin construction early in 2022

2023-01-20 22:18:28 published source:Tony

Norway is set to gain another land-based salmon farming project next year, with construction on Salmo Terra's grow-out facility to begin early in 2022.

The phase-one facility is designed with a production capacity of 2,700 metric tons of Atlantic salmon, and the company hopes to see harvests here in the first half of 2023, it said.

The new grow-out facility, located on Oygarden just outside Bergen, will utilize recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology supplied by Denmark's Graintec.

By the completion of phase two, the facility should have a total production capacity of 8,000t, "and will therefore be one of the largest land-based grow-out facilities in Norway", Salmo Terra said.

"Our clear vision is to create optimal conditions for the well-being of the fish in our visionary RAS plant. We wanted a supplier to partner up with a partner with shared values and visions," said Harald Schreiner Fiksdal, managing director of Salmo Terra.

Graintec's CEO Michael Mortensen added that Salmo Terra marks an important milestone for the Danish firm, as its first fish farm project.

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"Having supplied salmon feed plants and feeding solutions for more than two decades we have a long track record in delivering complex projects to the salmon industry," he added.

"We have invested heavily in building up RAS competencies and have developed a unique RAS concept that will allow SalmoTerra to realize their vision of farming sustainable salmon of highest quality."

Fiksdal, and Salmo Terra's CFO Kai Andre Staeger-Holst, have a background in the offshore drilling industry, while the latter has also worked for one-time Norwegian aquaculture giant Hydro Seafood.

Its board contains further aquaculture experience, such as Roger Maroy, who comes from a background with Seaborn and Cermaq Group subsidiary Mainstream.