3 June 2022
Preparations for smolt release has progressed according to plan during the first quarter and subsequent months, and Andfjord Salmon plans to release smolt in its first pool at Kvalnes, Andøya, ultimo June 2022. Further, the company has recently strengthened its financial position with a NOK 50 million bank loan.
“Our entire set-up is based on an idea of recreating the salmon’s natural habitat on land. We have applied this philosophy when planning the smolt release too. Smolt release in late June coincides with the wild salmon’s migration period here at Andøya. Further, an increasing amount of natural light and period with rising temperatures is good for fish health and development. This is why ultimo June has been chosen for smolt release,” says Martin Rasmussen, CEO of Andfjord Salmon.
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During the past few months, Andfjord Salmon’s first pool, with its unique flow-through technology, has been operational 24/7, as if smolt were already released in the pool. The company has conducted a continuous and complete technical and organisational simulation during this period, to make sure that all technology, equipment and personnel are well prepared for smolt release.
All biological sensors are installed and the cleaning robots have been extensively tested. Back-up systems and solutions have been subject to comprehensive testing. The line for receipt and delivery of fish is also in place.
“Our objective is to create the most sustainable and fish-friendly facility of its kind. A meticulous approach towards ensuring the best possible biological conditions for the salmon is, in our view, key to achieve this goal. I am pleased to say that everything has gone according to plan during our extensive preparations,” says Martin Rasmussen.
KVALNES PHASE 2 AND 3
Blasting and excavation work for the next pools (Phase 2) at Kvalnes has progressed well during the past few months. The pools closest to the first pool are being excavated first.
Last year Andfjord Salmon announced a revised plan to increase production volume by approximately 50 percent at Kvalnes, from 12,600 (Phase 1 and 2) to 19,000 tonnes (Phase 3) HOG, through purchase of an adjacent land area at Kvalnes.
Andfjord Salmon has recently secured a NOK 50 million loan from Sparebank 1 Nord Norge to help finance the early initiation of Phase 3 at Kvalnes and the continued build-out of Phase 2 at Kvalnes.
BREIVIK AND FISKENES
Andfjord Salmon has secured land and land rights to two other areas at Andøya, called Breivik and Fiskenes. The intention is to establish similar land-based fish farming facilities at both sites, targeting a production of 25,000 tonnes HOG at each site.
Approval of the zoning plans for the two sites are key steps towards realising these ambitions. Andøy municipality is managing the zoning plan process.
“We are highly dedicated to local job and value creation when we develop and operate our facilities. We want to achieve this by embracing the local environmental conditions that are unique to Andøya and Andfjord Salmon, simply because we believe this provides us and our fish with a competitive advantage nationally and internationally,” says Martin Rasmussen.
Q1 2022 INTERIM FINANCIAL RESULTS
Andfjord Salmon is currently developing its first land-based salmon farming facility, which means that the company does not yet generate revenues.
The company had an operating loss of NOK 9.9 million in this year’s first quarter, compared to a loss of NOK 7.2 million in the same quarter last year. The change is mainly related to ramp up of operations in preparation for release of first smolt.
At the end of the first quarter 2022, Andfjord Salmon held cash and deposits of NOK 18.9 million. This figure does not include the new bank loan of NOK 50 million, a NOK 20 million undrawn credit facility or NOK 5 million in available grants.
PRESENTATION AT 08:00 CET
A presentation of operational status and the first quarter 2022 interim financial results will be held at 08:00 CET today. The presentation material is attached to this announcement. The webcast presentation can be accessed from this link:
This is information that Andfjord Salmon AS is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Article 17 no. 1. The information was submitted for publication, through the NTB Kommunikasjon service by the contact persons listed below.
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ABOUT ANDFJORD SALMON
Located at Kvalnes on the island of Andøya on the Arctic Archipelago of Vesterålen, Norway, Andfjord Salmon has developed an innovative and sustainable aquaculture concept for land-based farming of Atlantic salmon, based on a flow-through technology solution. The company's ambition is to build the world's most sustainable and fish-friendly aquaculture facility of its kind.
Andfjord Salmon AS is listed on Euronext Growth under the ticker ANDF.