Post-smolt contract for Plastsveis AS
At the end of November Plastsveis AS, a subsidiary of AKVA group ASA, entered into a contract to build a new facility for post-smolt for Sisomar AS.
The project is yet another indication that the trend in the aquaculture industry is towards moving greater parts of the growth stage to shore by increasing the size of smolt before being deployed in the sea.
“At the moment there is significant interest in large smolt in the market” says Ole Gabriel Kverneland, Sales Manager for land-based products with AKVA group ASA. “A lot of our customers have already conducted extensive trials on the production of large, seawater-adapted smolt, and this has yielded excellent results both on land and at sea. Interest has only increased after the latest trials indicate that land-based production of post-smolt can lead to less infection by sea lice in addition to lower mortality and faster growth.”
The contract is valued at almost NOK 35 million. The facility to be built is planned with 12 tanks with a 12 metre diameter and are scaled to operate with a salinity of 15 parts per thousand.
“This is the biggest order ever for Plastsveis,” says Sten Roald Lorentzen, CEO of Plastsveis AS. “Postsmolt is a extremely important focus area to us, and we're convinced that this is where the aquaculture industry should be going. We're very pleased that Sisomar once again has chosen Plastsveis AS as turnkey supplier of fish farming technology, and that we can continue our excellent and mutually beneficial cooperation.”