Project is one of the largest private investment projects in Iceland, with an estimated cost of €24 million.
Arctic Smolt, a subsidiary of the salmon farming company Arctic Fish in Iceland’s Westfjords, has entered into two separate agreements on the expansion of the company’s smolt facility at Nordur Botn in Tálknafjördur, Iceland.
One contract is with Eykt, an Icelandic construction company which will design and construct the buildings, and another contract with Eyvi, an international supplier of RAS turnkey facilities.
According to a press release issued by Arctic Fish, Eyvi will design, deliver and install a comprehensive solution including a water recirculation system (RAS), piping and auxiliary systems for production. The water is recycled and purified to ensure water quality and high smolt welfare. A backup power station is also a part of the project. Three 1.4 MW generators will be delivered and installed by Aflhlutir ehf. The Faroese aquaculture consultancy SMJ Aqua advised Arctic Fish during the preliminary design and tender phase. “We are very pleased to have Eyvi and Eykt on board and to get this project underway on site,” said Ragna Helgadóttir, project manager for Arctic Fish.
The project is one of the largest private investment projects in the Westfjords, with an estimated cost of €24 million. 4,200 square meters of new floorspace with a total of about 7,200 cubic meters of tank space will be added to the existing 10,000 square meters and 6,300 cubic meters of tanks. After the expansion, the station’s annual breeding capacity will be about 1,000 tonnes of smolt, or the equivalent of about five million 200-gram smolts. And from there it should be possible to farm approximately 25,000 tonnes of salmon.
Construction will begin shortly when the building permit has been granted. It is estimated that the construction phase will last about two years and that about 40-50 people will be involved in the project during construction.
“The Eyvi team is proud and excited to enter this agreement with a highly competent client. In collaboration with Arctic Smolt, we have developed a tailormade facility suited for their special requirements and the conditions in Iceland. During the collaboration phase we focused on optimizing solutions for safe and secure operations and fish health,” said Heidi Kyvik, CEO of Eyvi.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the developments in fish farming in the Westfjords. Eykt will oversee the design of the civil work and construction, as well as coordinating and sourcing the building process. We are very excited to work in the Westfjords and Tálknafjörður and get this development underway”, said Páll Daníel Sigurðsson, CEO of Eykt.
Arctic Fish currently employs a staff of about 70 people with about 10,000 tons of salmon in the sea spread over three fjords. It is estimated that about 12,000 tonnes will be harvested this year. About fifteen people work in the company’s smolt production and the number will increase slightly with the planned expansion.
“We are growing rapidly as a company and aim to harvest about 24,000 tons within three years. In order to realize this growth and achieve a greater focus on larger smolt, which spend less time at sea, we want to undertake this expansion. We are confident that the people we have partnered with share our objective of building a state-of-the-art grow out facility, which will provide a foundation for robust aquaculture operations,” said Stein Ove Tveiten, CEO of Arctic Fish.