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AquaMaof clinches salmon RAS contracts in Russia and Kazakhstan

Members of the AquaMaof team at a RAS facility in Poland that it co-owns with one of its customers, Pure Salmon. RFC cited AquaMaof's experience in growing fish to harvest size as a reason for choosing the company. Photo: AquaMaof.
Members of the AquaMaof team at a RAS facility in Poland that it co-owns with one of its customers, Pure Salmon. RFC cited AquaMaof's experience in growing fish to harvest size as a reason for choosing the company. Photo: AquaMaof.

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) expert AquaMaof has been selected by investment fund Russian Friends Capital (RFC) to develop two Atlantic salmon production facilities in Russia and Kazakhstan, with a planned production volume of 2,500 tonnes each. Design work on both facilities is due to begin next quarter.

The facility in Russia, Tuloma Salmon, will be located in the Tula region, a two-hour drive from Moscow. In Kazakhstan, the facility will be located in an economic zone adjacent to the border between Kazakhstan and China.

“We are delighted and honoured to have been selected by RFC as the RAS technology provider for these exciting projects,” said Leonid Goldshtein, AquaMaof co-founder and director for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, in a press release.

“We are looking forward to supporting them in their mission to provide consumers with fresh and healthy salmon, which is locally and sustainably produced.”

Low energy use

Dmitry Perman, a partner at RFC, said the selection of AquaMaof followed a comprehensive due diligence process in which the Israeli company’s RAS technology stood out in terms of bio security and lower energy use.

“The fact that the company’s technology has been proven in the production of salmon up to market size was also a significant factor in our decision,” said Perman. “These facilities are part of our strategy to get locally-produced, fresh, healthy salmon closer to consumers in all major CIS regions.”