Indoor salmon farm will be the one of the country’s first.
The EUR 47.4 million Atlantis West Coast Salmon Project, bills itself as one of the “most modern and technologically advanced RAS Salmon farms” as well as one of the largest in the world.
The company plans to construct a four-module recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) on a 5.5 hectare greenfield site on the coast of Betty’s Bay, about 100km from Cape Town, Western Cape.
The company is also aiming for an annual production capacity of 4000 tonnes, which they say translates as 3400 tonnes of market supply for the South African market. A primary processing unit to allow for the salmon to be slaughtered and packed as a head on gutted (HOG) product is also in the blueprint.
The site will be a “Zero Effluent Discharge” facility with its own oxygen, electricity generating, and waste management plants.
Dr Dennis Rogers Karangwa, CEO at West Coast Salmon, is a “highly experienced clinician with expertise in healthcare service delivery optimisation using private sector platforms and processes,” according to LinkedIn.
It’ll be a first for South Africa if the project gets the green-light. If successful, it plans on replicating more sites across the continent.
In May the Danish construction company Graakjaer signed an agreement with Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC) to build a land-based 1800 tonne capacity sea trout farm close to Cape Town.