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Barramundi Group partners with AquaBioTech for Brunei RAS installation

June 18, 2024  By RAStech staff


Barramundi Group CEO James Kwan signs deal with AquaBioTech CEO Shane Hunter (Photo: Barramundi Group)

Barramundi Group Ltd. has awarded Malta’s AquaBioTech Group a turnkey contract for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of a RAS broodstock, hatchery and live feed facility for barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in Brunei Darussalam.

This new facility comes after an earlier investment in its already-operational RAS nursery, a press release from the company states.

“A second state-of-the-art RAS facility in the country enhances its overall food and biosecurity posture and adds another cornerstone in its nascent but fast-growing aquaculture sector. AquaBioTech has proven to be particularly suited to designing a tropical RAS with their deep multidisciplinary bench and track record, and we are very pleased to be working with them beyond this RAS, but also our BG2.0 3,000MT grow-out facility in Mengsalut,” said James Kwan, CEO, Barramundi Group.

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The new facility is scheduled to be completed and commissioned in the next 18 months. The Brunei operations will be fully self-sufficient; broodstock, live-feed, larviculture, fry and fingerling production for its current stocking at sea.

“Having this new RAS broodstock and hatchery facility integrated into our existing and operational RAS nursery is a game changer. When commissioned, we will be able to produce consistently, the highest-performance juveniles from our own pathogen-resilient and genetically-superior broodstock, unhindered by external constraints,” added Kwan.

The peak production capability of the new facility will be at over 6 million juveniles per year and the facility will be able to cater for additional juvenile requirements for a new 3,000 MT land-based RAS grow-out facility. The company is also presently in the intermediate design phase of this facility, for its 17-hectare Mengsalut site, with AquaBioTech Group.

“This contract is significant not just for AquaBioTech, but also for Brunei. This project will be a significant catalyst for the development of barramundi and other land-based aquaculture initiatives in Brunei, strengthening food security and enabling the country to explore new export markets” said Shane A. Hunter, AquaBioTech Group’s CEO.


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