The Swiss Blue Salmon and VAQ teams at Aqua Nor.

Swiss salmon plant developer chooses RAS designer


Swiss Blue Salmon (SBS), which plans a 3,400-tonnes-per-year land-based salmon farm in Switzerland has selected Norwegian company VAQ as the recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) designer for the project.

The companies signed a contract at Aqua Nor, the world’s largest aquaculture trade show, which is being held in Trondheim, Norway, this week.

SBS aims to be a sustainable salmon farmer that applies technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud solutions, digitisation, and automation to make sure that it is at the forefront of the salmon grow-out segment.

“We have spent the last six months reviewing our strategy and developing a clear vision for how we are going to develop and execute our vision in collaboration with our project partners. This has led us to do an extensive assessment of RAS designers and VAQ have come out on top of all the candidates we assessed”, said Sune Møller, chief technology officer at SBS.

Good chemistry

“VAQ have by no means disappointed us in their early interactions with us. They have brought in a positive attitude to our vision, which has helped instantly develop good chemistry with our in-house team. We therefore look very much forward to working in close collaboration with their team of experts.”

Marius Hægh, chief operating officer at VAQ, which is located near Oslo, said: “We are very pleased to enter into this project as the RAS designer and will bring all of our knowhow to bear in the design of this state-of-the-art facility that SBS have envisioned.

“We have many years of experience which are complemented well by the team SBS brings to the table. They have a lot of local, Swiss, and international experience, which is needed to deliver a project of this kind successfully.”