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Samherji secures US$26M for Iceland land-based salmon farm project


Samherji will build and operate a land-based farm in Reykjanes Peninsula. (Photo: Samherji Fish Farming)

Icelandic aquaculture leader Samherji Fish Farming has closed the first phase of its funding for a land-based salmon farm project in Öxarfjördur, in Northeast Iceland, with a recent share capital increase of US$26 million.

Part of the proceeds of the share capital increase will be used build a pilot project for land-based salmon farming in Öxarfjördur, in Northeast Iceland. Another portion of the money will be allocated for the design and construction a 40,000-tonne salmon farm in the Reykjanes Peninsula. The Öxarfjördur facility currently produces 1,500 tons of salmon annually, but production will increase to 3,000 tonnes when the pilot project is completed.

Samherji operates five farms and two processing plants. The company specializes in land farming of Arctic char and salmon.

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Norwegian Alf-Helge Aarskog, former CEO of Mowi, has invested in Samherji Fish Farming and will join the company’s board of directors. The company said in a press release that Aarskog’s appointment is a “significant vote of confidence for Samherji Fish Farming and its ambitious plans for land-based aquaculture.”

The facility planned by Samherji hf. and its partner geothermal and electricity company, HS Orka, will have a projected production of 40,000 tons of salmon annually.

The facility will be built in the Resource Park near the Reykjanes Power Plant, in the southwestern tip of Iceland. The $371.3 million project will consist of a hatchery, an on-growing farm, a processing house, and service buildings.

“The expansion that has begun at Samherji Fish Farming marks a certain milestone, as this is the largest investment project that Samherji and affiliated companies have embarked on in Samherji’s 39-year history,” says Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, CEO of Samherji.