We have received approval for a maximum allowed biomass of 13 300 tonnes. That corresponds to 36 000 tonnes of salmon per annum from Indre Harøy. We will provide well over 100 million salmon portions a year for the world’s population.
The fish farm at Indre Harøy comprises three construction stages, and plans call for it to be completed in 2028. Work on the first phase began in the spring of 2020, and comprises 12 tanks able to produce 9 000 tonnes of salmon per annum. The second stage will start in 2022, while the intention is to begin phase three in 2024.
Our ambition is to produce 70 000 tonnes of head-on gutted salmon per annum by 2030. International expansion will be pursued in close collaboration with one of the world’s largest seafood companies, South Korea’s Dongwon Industries, and will be based on the same technology chosen for the Indre Harøy farm. Our agreement with Dongwon Industries also covers commercial collaboration over marketing and sales in Asia.
We have chosen the most suitable technology for utilising the site and the optimal water conditions available along the Norwegian coast and in other suitable locations worldwide. Our emphasis has been on creating the most natural possible environment for the salmon, while avoiding the challenges we find in the sea – such as lice and disease. The system takes in 30-35 per cent cold and fresh water at any given time, and will help to maintain fish welfare while providing control of the production environment. Intakes at two different water depths give us opportunities to optimise temperature and heating requirements.
The technology is based on taking large quantities of clean and cold seawater into the farm from the right depth at any given time. With 30-35 per cent fresh intake water, the need for biofilters is eliminated and we create a safe and flexible farm which ensures good growth at low cost.
This space- and energy-efficient farm is characterised by the fact that each tank ranks as a separate biological zone. That represents an important factor for minimising risk.
A combination of high water quality and a production environment without lice, other parasites and disease will optimise fish health and welfare in the farm. The salmon will grow in a natural setting, with good current conditions, which will affect the consistency of the fish. We will also devote great attention to developing a tailored feed which optimises omega 3 levels as well as the consistency and taste of the fish.
We will be able to take in water from two different depths throughout the year. That helps to reduce the need for heating in order to reach the ideal temperature of 12-14 degrees Celsius. Monitoring and intelligent management will allow us to ensure that no more water than necessary is warmed up using efficient heat pumps. That will ensure optimal water quality based on defined criteria, as well as the lowest possible energy consumption.
Sludge from the farm will be collected and converted to biogas. With circular opportunities, the gas will be utilised for fuel in the transport and shipping sectors.