AKVA barges for Grieg growth in Canada

Fish Farmer - - World News -

AKVA group is to sup­ply Cana­dian salmon farmer Grieg NL with at least eight feed barges, as well as feed sys­tems.

Grieg re­cently won clear­ance to pro­ceed with its planned $250 mil­lion project in the Pla­cen­tia Bay area of New­found­land, fol­low­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view by the Supreme Court. The devel­op­ment is ex­pected to cre­ate 250 new jobs, in­clud­ing in pro­cure­ment.

AKVA, which like Grieg is Nor­we­gian owned, has en­tered into a sup­ply and sales con­tract with Grieg NL, be­com­ing the salmon farmer’s ex­clu­sive sup­plier of feed sys­tems and feed barges up to 2026.

The barges will be built lo­cally, through AKVA’s wholly owned Cana­dian sub­sidiary, AKVA group North Amer­ica. The fi­nal num­ber of barges is de­pen­dent upon the fi­nal num­ber of li­cences/sites is­sued and ap­proved by the Prov­ince of New­found­land and Labrador and the fed­eral au­thor­i­ties, but there is scope for a min­i­mum of eight. The de­liv­ery is es­ti­mated to be­gin in Q2 2020.

Af­ter the Pla­cen­tia Bay de­ci­sion, Grieg NL’s gen­eral man­ager, Knut Skei­dsvoll, said: ‘Grieg NL is a will­ing part­ner with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in its strat­egy for ad­vanc­ing aqua­cul­ture, with the goal of in­creas­ing salmon pro­duc­tion to 50,000 tonnes an­nu­ally, and dou­bling em­ploy­ment in an in­dus­try that is year-round and long-term.’

Above: AKVA feed barge

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