Siemens, Quality Salmon partner in ‘Europe’s largest’ land-based salmon farm
By Nestor Arellano
Siemens AB will provide the digital technology that will enable Quality Salmon to build and operate a 140-hectare land-based salmon farm in western Sweden.
The German industrial group signed a letter of intent in June with the Swedish aquaculture company and municipality of Sotenäs to “deliver tomorrow’s digital enterprise to the building of Europe’s largest blue-green industrial park for salmon farming,” a post in the Sotenäs website said.
“The fishing industry is growing and changing which requires the development and deployment of new solutions,” said Mikael Kraft, head of factory automation and digitalization at Siemens AB. “We at Siemens will be able to provide digital solutions and intelligence in the buildings and we are proud to be part of this.”
Roy W. Høiås, chief executive officer of Lighthouse Finance A/S and co-owner of Quality Salmon AB, said he was impressed with the commitment Siemens showed in pushing through the letter of intent.
“We are now facing the next phase with great humility and we look forward to presenting the other partners of the industrial park on an ongoing basis over the next two months,” Høiås said.
The development closely follows an agreement signed by the Sotenäs Municipality with Quality Salmon, which allowed the aquaculture company to lease a 140-hectare land from the municipality. Quality Salmon plans to build a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility that is expected to create several thousand jobs in the municipality and bring in investments worth $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion.
“We are very happy that they are participating in the establishment in Sotenäs municipality and have good faith that it will benefit us here. As previously mentioned, the municipal management is extremely positive about the opportunities that an establishment will provide for Sotenäs but also for other parts of Bohuslän,” said Mats Abrahamsson a member of the municipal council.