Norway Royal Salmon ASA (NRS) and Aker ASA (Aker) have submitted a joint application for development licenses for salmon farming. Together, the companies have developed a new offshore aquaculture farming concept that facilitates sustainable growth in so far unavailable areas.
“NRS and Aker have an industrial ambition to combine knowledge from the aquaculture industry with offshore competence,” said CEO Charles Høstlund of NRS and CEO Øyvind Eriksen of Aker. “Should the Directorate of Fisheries grant us the development permits, we will establish a joint operation to develop the aquaculture farms of the future.”
Semi-submersible offshore farm
The Directorate of Fisheries awards permits to operators that develop technology and solutions that can solve environmental and areal challenges in the aquaculture industry. NRS and Aker have developed a semi-submersible offshore farm designed for harsh environments. By placing the farms further away from the coast, the concept increases the area utilization of Norwegian waters and will have a smaller environmental footprint.
By combining NRS’ aquaculture knowledge with Aker’s long industrial experience in maritime enterprises, construction of offshore installations and fisheries, the objective is to further develop a profitable aquaculture industry. Additionally, they hope to help solve the environmental and area scarcity challenges facing the industry.
15 development permits
The project involves the development and testing of a brand new type of aquaculture farm with greater capacity to withstand harsh weather conditions. NRS and Aker are applying for 15 development permits in order to realise the concept and test the facility in Troms/Finnmark. These licenses will provide the economic foundation for carrying out significant investments in a future-oriented industry.
NRS and Aker believe this industrial project will contribute to a new and groundbreaking standard and sustainable growth for the Norwegian aquaculture industry. The technology can be sold and used globally. Norway will in this way contribute to the realisation of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UN) ambitious targets for global growth in the aquaculture industry.
The project enables a unique collaboration between traditional aquaculture farming skills (Norway Royal Salmon), expertise from offshore construction (Aker Solutions) and environmentally certified fisheries and operations in extreme waters (Aker BioMarine).