AquaBioTech now RAS supplier for Viking Aqua
July 6, 2022 By Nestor Arellano
Viking Aqua AS has contracted AquaBioTech Group of Malta to provide the recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) equipment for the Norwegian land-based salmon farmer’s planned facility in Skipavika, Gulen, Norway.
Viking Aqua aims to leverage partnerships, technology and sustainability strategies to build the “next generation RAS for Atlantic salmon,” according to the company.
Recently, the company also partnered with Magne Hope AS, a local contractor with over 50 years of experience to undertake the groundwork in building the Skipavika facility.
Over the past two years, work has been carried out on blasting and leveling the ground on the 20- acre site of where the land-based facility will be built, according to Viking Aqua.
The first construction phase is expected to start between the first and second quarters of 2023. The plant is designed for 33,000 tons of biomass at full production, of which 5,600 tons as post-smolt and 27,400 as food fish. Full production is estimated to take place in 2028.
Viking Aqua alsos igned a partnership agreement with Framo AS. Framo will develop a new and unique pump and water flow technology for the land-based fish farm.
“Viking Aqua has clustered a very strong group of companies with the collective aim of achieving significant breakthroughs in marine RAS development that seek to significantly lower the energy requirement and overall production cost, whilst achieving the highest levels of sustainability and fish welfare standards.,” said Shane A. Hunter, CEO of AquaBioTech Group . “All these objectives will be achieved by utilising the very latest technology, and a number of cutting-edge innovations in smartRAS.”
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