12th March 2020:
“Andfjord Salmon's vision is to be a leader in sustainable seafood. We have the highest focus on salmon welfare, healthy food and the lowest possible environmental footprint and energy consumption. We have chosen ABB as a partner after a comprehensive assessment of technology, expertise and references,” says Roy Bernt Pettersen, working chairman of Andfjord Salmon.
“This is yet another example of our contribution to innovative and sustainable development of aquaculture, one of the largest and most important industries in Norway,” says Per Erik Holsten, country managing director of ABB in Norway.
Minimal Environmental Footprint
Andfjord will build a total of eleven seawater flow-throug facilities. Each pool has a volume of 35,000 cubic meters measuring 45 by 40 by 20 meters. Seawater inlets are located at 160 and 30 meters depth with source depending on the season. The solution provides a stable temperature of between seven and twelve degrees, optimal growth conditions for Atlantic salmon.
The new concept prevents salmon lice as the seawater is extracted from levels below where it normally thrives and is located. The enclosed facility is escape-proof and does not allow any kind of emissions, with robots keeping it clean. In addition, the concept offers lower waste and feed costs and more efficient production. All waste shall be captured and recorded. Bio-residues will be delivered to the neighboring peat company, Andøytorv, which will utilize nutrients such as nitrate and phosphorus in its products.
The construction of a facility in the bedrock reduces the energy demand for seawater flow. Despite this Andfjord focuses on its own production of renewables, from an on-site wind turbine and future solar power.
ABB's scope of automation, instrumentation, telecommunications and power distribution includes design, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning. The first facility is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2020.
“We have a comprehensive experience with such solutions for the entire business chain in the industry, from production of fish feed and fish farming facilities to slaughterhouses and processing of seafood,” says Gunnar Hide, head of aquaculture in ABB.
Lars Wasa Andersen, sales specialist for aquaculture in ABB, points out that Andfjord's new aquaculture concept supports several of the UN's sustainability development goals, including:
- Goal # 12: Responsible consumption and production
- Goal #14: Life below water - conserving and using marine and marine resources in a way that promotes sustainable development
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