Norwegian newcomer orders 8,000 tonne RAS farm

The Danish aquaculture technology supplier Graintec has signed a multi-million krone deal to build an 8,000 tonne land-based facility for the Norwegian fish farming company SalmoTerra.

Graintec says it will deliver all parts of the farm, which is based on Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) technology. This will be the first grow-out facility for Salmo Terra which will be located at Øygarden, near Bergen.

The two stage project is moving swiftly with construction due to start early next year and phase one production underway in the first half of 2023. Following completion of phase two, total production should reach 8,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest land grow-out facilities in Norway.

SalmoTerra managing director Harald Schreiner Fiksdal, 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. Graintec has a long project-history within large projects. They understood our expectations and supported us in creating peace of mind for our investors for this great project in Bergen.”

Graintec CEO Michael Mortensen said: “SalmoTerra is a well-worked project and with very talented people on board. We are looking forward to a long partnership as trusted advisor. SalmoTerra marks an important milestone for Graintec as this is our first fish farm project. 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: “Graintec is committed to develop sustainable aquaculture technology. We have invested heavily in building up RAS competences and have developed a unique RAS concept that will allow SalmoTerra to realise their vision of farming sustainable salmon of highest quality.”

From left: Chief Financial Officer Kai André Stæger-Holst, Chief Executive Officer Harald Schreiner Fiksdal, and Business Developer Jens Jensen (SalmoTerra), with Michael Mortensen, CEO, Graintec.