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The proposed new on-land salmon farm in Farsund, southern Norway. Photo: Baring Farsund.
The proposed new on-land salmon farm in Farsund, southern Norway. Photo: Baring Farsund.

A land-based salmon farm planned for the town of Farsund in southern Norway has been granted a permit.

Baring Farsund’s facility will cover an area of ​​more than 80,000 square meters and have an annual production capacity of up to 24,000 tonnes of salmon. The plant will produce post-smolts and harvest-weight salmon.

“We have worked for several years with the farming plans and have had a good dialogue with local authorities throughout the process,” said Baring Farsund chairman Roald Reme.

“It is rewarding to engage in business development when local politicians and authorities want us and want to contribute to growth for the blue industry in Sørlandet region.”

Value and jobs

Farsund mayor Arnt Abrahamsen, said: “This is an important industrial project that will have major ripple effects for Farsund and the entire region. Baring Farsund will create value and new jobs. We will be a competence region for sustainable and land-based production of seafood.” 

Kristiansand-based construction company BRG and Danish on-land aquaculture specialist Billund are lined up to deliver the project. Baring Farsund said planning is well under way and the contractors are preparing to start construction in the first half of 2022.

“We look forward to getting started with the construction. A land-based facility for post-smolt and food fish production is a large and exciting construction project for BRG,” said general manager Gunnar Thompson.