3,000 tonnes land-based salmon farm planned at Japanese power station

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Energy company involved ramping up RAS production at site for Asian markets.

The Japanese energy Kyushu Electric Power is planning on increasing the tonnage of an established land-based salmon farm on the country’s third-largest island, Kyushu.

Mirai Salmon wants to take advantage of land-based for Japanese and Asian markets. PHOTO: Kyushu Electric Power

In a press release, Kyushu Electric Power writes that it is working with a consortium of companies including fresh and frozen fish producer Nichimo and Nishinippon Plant Engineering to work with Idouchi Salmon Farm, based at the former’s Buzen Power Station.

The farm already has an annual production capacity of 300 tonnes. The project aims to ramp this up to 3,000 tonnes and to sell the fish under the brand “Mirai Salmon”.

“Since the basic surveys such as verification of aquaculture technology and market analysis have been completed this time, we plan to conduct a detailed examination such as business feasibility evaluation and establish a business company by September 2021,” wrote Kyushu.

PHOTO: Mirai Salmon/ Idouchi Salmon Farm

Japan now has at least four large-scale RAS projects in the pipeline, including Grieg-backed Proximar Seafood (5,300 tonnes), FRD Japan (1,500 tonnes per year) and 8F/AquaMaof’s “Soul of Japan” facility (10,000 tonnes).