Nordic Aqua­farms to ex­pand ‘ground-break­ing’ project

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NORDIC Aqua­farms has re­ceived plan­ning ap­proval to build the se­cond phase of what will be one of Europe’s largest land based salmon farms on a 10,000 square me­tre site, 40 miles south of the Nor­we­gian cap­i­tal Oslo.

Fredrik­stad Seafoods, a sub­sidiary of Nordic Aqua­farms, said it has been granted a con­struc­tion per­mit for its ground-break­ing project, which fea­tures new in­no­va­tions re­lated to ef­fi­cient foot­print, self-clean­ing tanks, ef­fi­cient lo­gis­tics and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

The new de­sign re­moves 99 per cent of most nu­tri­ents be­fore dis­charge.

The com­pany said con­struc­tion will be­gin when re­main­ing per­mits are in place, along­side a new smolt fa­cil­ity on the site.

Con­struc­tion of phase one, which will pro­duce 2,000 tonnes of salmon, has been in progress for sev­eral months and the first pro­duc­tion should be ready by the end of 2019.

The phase two ex­pan­sion will in­volve an ad­di­tional 4,200 tonnes of new pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity.

Fredrik­stad Seafoods has also in­vested heav­ily in wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion and re­cy­cling. It de­scribes it­self as a ‘pro­gres­sive pro­ducer’ in land based fish farms, with pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Nor­way and Den­mark.

Es­tab­lished in 2014, it has rapidly de­vel­oped into a con­sid­er­able busi­ness op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional in­volve­ments.

Nordic Aqua­farms is also be­hind a $500 mil­lion plan to build a huge land based salmon farm near the port town of Belfast in Maine, in the US.

CEO Erik Heim an­nounced that the com­pany has hired its first two em­ploy­ees in Maine. The com­pany will sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to lo­cal and state au­thor­i­ties later this sum­mer for per­mits to start build­ing.

The new em­ploy­ees are Carter Cyr, who will be­come pro­duc­tion man­ager, and David Noyes, who has been ap­pointed chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer at the new site. Both are na­tives of Maine and have con­sid­er­able aqua­cul­ture ex­pe­ri­ence.

Above: ‘Pro­gres­sive pro­ducer’

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