One of Billund's previous projects, the Whale Point smolt nursery for Tasmania's Huon aquaculture. Photo: Patrick Tigges / Billund Aquaculture Australia.

Record RAS orders for Billund

The Danish company Billund Aquaculture has landed 12 new contracts for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) during the first quarter of 2020. This is all time high for the company.

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Four of the contracts are in Chile (€28 million), one in Peru, three in Norway (€50m), three in Asia and the Middle East, and one in Central Europe, according to a press release from the company.

Managing director Steffen Busk Jespersen said Billund was proud of the confidence customers have shown in it.

Steffen Busk Jespersen: Expects coronavirus challenges to have an effect on growth rate.

‘Positive and confident’

“The fact that so many companies have chosen us as their technology partners is very gratifying, especially since most projects are related to returning market-leading customers,” said Jespersen.

“Despite the difficult times the world is going through, we feel positive and confident in resuming plans for continued growth.”

The company said the spread of coronavirus is also affecting Billund Aquaculture.

“But so far, we have not seen any cancellations or postponement of contract negotiations, but we expect these challenges to have an effect on the growth rate.”

500 RAS 

Bjarne Hald Olsen, chief operating officer and business and development manager at Billund Aquaculture, said the record order book was further proof of the company’s experience in RAS, with over 500 RAS built in more than 140 projects worldwide.

“The main advantages of Billund Aquaculture’s RAS systems are its minimal water requirements, better health and biosecurity conditions, control of farming parameters and the stability and predictability of production, all leading to a more reliable and efficient process that significantly reduces environmental impact,” said Olsen.

Billund partnered in the construction of the 10,000-tonne first phase of Atlantic Sapphire’s salmon farm in Miami, and in August last year signed a preliminary contract for the second phase, which will add a further 10,000 tonnes of capacity.

Other projects the company has worked on include the Whale Point nursery built by Tasmanian salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture, and a highly automated hatchery and smolt facility for Ventisqueros in Cocule in Los Ríos region, Chile.