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From left: Salmo Terra chief financial officer Kai André Stæger-Holst and chief executive Harald Schreiner Fiksdal, and Graintec business developer Jens Jensen and chief executive Michael Morten. Photo: Graintec.
From left: Salmo Terra chief financial officer Kai André Stæger-Holst and chief executive Harald Schreiner Fiksdal, and Graintec business developer Jens Jensen and chief executive Michael Morten. Photo: Graintec.

A Norwegian company planning to build an 8,000-tonnes-a-year on-land salmon farm near Bergen expects to start construction early next year after signing a contract with Danish supplier Graintec.

The first phase of Salmo Terra’s recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility will have an annual production capacity of 2,700 tonnes and is expected to be in production in the first half of 2023.

A second phase will take capacity to 8,000 tonnes, making the RAS facility at Øygarden one of the largest land-based grow-out plants in Norway.

Optimal conditions

“Our clear vision is to create optimal conditions for the wellbeing of the fish in our visionary RAS plant,” said Salmo Terra managing director Harald Schreiner Fiksdal in a press release.

“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 chief executive Michael Mortensen said the RAS facility was the company’s 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,” said Mortensen.

“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 Salmo Terra to realise their vision of farming sustainable salmon of highest quality.”