Jon Pedersen has joined Pure Salmon Kaldnes, the Norwegian RAS supplier owned by Singapore-based 8F.
Jon Pedersen has joined Pure Salmon Kaldnes, the Norwegian RAS supplier owned by Singapore-based 8F.

RAS supplier strengthens expertise as it expands into Denmark

Pure Salmon Kaldnes names former AKVA Land Based engineer Pedersen in key role


Norway-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) supplier Pure Salmon Kaldnes has appointed former AKVA group Land Based’s global head of engineering, Jon Pedersen, as its engineering and technology manager.

Pedersen, who started his new job last week, has joined ahead of Pure Salmon Kaldnes opening an office in Fredericia, Denmark, next year, which is where he will be based.

“During my time at AKVA group, I have had an exciting job where I have been project manager on, among other things, the Bakkafrost Strond project in the Faroe Islands,” he said in a press release.

Large project

“This was a large project that consisted of nine RAS departments. In the last year as head of engineering I’ve worked on building a professional engineering organisation as well as equipping it for future growth.

“I think there is an exciting development in the industry right now, and I chose Pure Salmon Kaldnes because they are a dynamic company that dare to think new. It is really close to my heart to be involved in building an organisation and structuring it in a targeted and efficient way, like I will here in Pure Salmon Kaldnes.”

Pure Salmon Kaldnes chief executive Kent Kongsdal Rasmussen said: “We are a company that supplies complete solutions within the RAS industry and our customers are among the most progressive and most demanding. We therefore need to have an organisation with skills that can match this.”

Major change

Pure Salmon Kaldnes is owned by Singapore-registered 8F Asset Management, which has created on-land salmon farming company Pure Salmon with the intention of producing more than 220,000 tonnes of salmon a year in on-land farms built close to centres of population around the globe.

“Since 8F and Pure Salmon’s takeover of the company in the summer of 2021, we have undergone a major change and development,” said Rasmussen.

“We have doubled the number of employees and started internationalisation, which means that we will be in additional markets, we therefore need offices outside Norway. The first step is Denmark. It makes good business sense to open an office in Denmark, the driving force behind this decision is access to experience and expertise. The office in Denmark will be closely integrated with the offices in Norway and the United Arab Emirates.”