The Herald on Sunday

MP ‘impressed’ by Scottish fish farm’s sustainabi­lity measures

- By Martha Vaughan

ONE of Scotland’s leading fish farm companies has impressed a Conservati­ve MP with its series of environmen­tal measures designed to make its operation greener and more sustainabl­e.

Scottish Sea Farms and green energy partner AMP Clean Energy hosted a visit from Conservati­ve MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid as part of his day-long tour to Argyll and Bute to see the progress being made towards becoming a net-zero nation.

Together with senior figures from Scottish Renewables, Mr Duguid – a keen advocate of green energy – was given a one-hour tour of the salmon grower’s new £58 million Barcaldine Hatchery near Oban in Argyll and Bute.

Among the green technologi­es in operation is the hatchery’s 600kw biomass energy system, thought to deliver the biggest CO2 savings of any renewable heat source.

Owned, installed and maintained by AMP Clean Energy, the system uses locallysou­rced, sustainabl­y managed wood chip to provide the 17,500sqm building with much of its heat and hot water, saving 683 tonnes of carbon a year compared with using oil.

Also on show was the facility’s recirculat­ing aquacultur­e system (RAS). Specially designed to give farmed fish the best possible growing experience by affording salmon farmers much greater control over the key growth factors of water quality, oxygen levels, temperatur­e, speed of flow and light, RAS technology has environmen­tal benefits too.

This includes the ability to circulate, clean and recirculat­e up to 98 per cent of freshwater used per day, equating to a saving of over 20 times the freshwater consumptio­n of convention­al hatchery methods.

It will also capture waste material from the growing cycle and repurpose it as nutrient-rich agricultur­al fertiliser to aid crop developmen­t.

The scheme will also allow for the maintenanc­e of a more consistent water temperatur­e, reducing the energy needed to heat or cool water.

The temperatur­e can be adjusted via heat pumps and heat exchangers – energyeffi­cient alternativ­es to kerosene boilers or electric chillers.

These efficienci­es are further complement­ed elsewhere in the building by motion-sensor internal lighting and wind and solar-powered external lighting, with provision for a hydro scheme so that the hatchery can generate more energy in a greener way.

Mr Duguid said: “I’ve been so impressed at the green approach of this state-of-the-art facility. Scottish Sea Farms’ water-saving and waste-recycling measures, coupled with the use of AMP Clean Energy’s environmen­tallysound biomass heating system, prove that it is possible to forge ahead in innovation to sustain the sector while still meeting our net-zero objectives.

“The UK Government has ambitious climate commitment­s and it’s by embracing measures such as these and accelerati­ng decarbonis­ation that the industry will be future-proofed to protect and create jobs.”

Bruno Berardelli, head of asset services at AMP Clean Energy, added: “We’re proud to have worked in partnershi­p with Scottish Sea Farms to fund, develop, own and operate a brand new low-carbon heat installati­on at their Barcaldine Hatchery.

“This sustainabl­e solution is a perfect example of how biomass heat can support net-zero food production.

“It is a truly local project too, taking advantage of locallysou­rced wood chip and supported by the expert team at our Fort William office.”

 ??  ?? David Duguid toured Scottish Sea Farms to see its green facilities
David Duguid toured Scottish Sea Farms to see its green facilities

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