AquaOptima delivers RAS technology for pilot project
A new RAS facility will be built on Fjord Base Florø in collaboration with the INC company Havlandet Marin Yngel.
“The project involves an agreement for enhanced cooperation between the fish farmer and the technology provider. It will be a transparent facility, where experiences and results are shared with the outside world and will act as a display facility for AquaOptima, especially regarding salmon as food fish“, says Børge Søraas, CEO of AquaOptima.
The pilot plant is not a huge project, but it is important – as the implementation is triggering the conditions underlying that Havlandet will be issued a license for a larger main project.
“Good results in this pilot project will trigger many similar projects around the globe, which are now in the planning phase, where investors are sitting on the fence, waiting for good references.“
The long-term plan is to build a land-based aquaculture facility with an annual output of 10,000 tonnes of salmon. Innovation Norway supports the pilot facility with 15 million NOK.
“Salmon in land-based facilities is still in initial phase and there have been some challenges in existing projects. It is important that such childhood diseases now are weeded away and establishes a good industrial standard,“ says Søraas.
The facility will be based on the latest available RAS technology and the project will have a high environmental and innovative profile.
“AquaOptima focuses on optimal water quality, which is of great importance for ideal fish health. There is a great environmental benefit to take care of residual raw materials, such as sludge as input for biogas and fertilizer, instead of discharge into the sea.“
Read more about the project at kyst.no (in Norwegian)