Cermaq and BioSort are now in the process of realizing the development permits for iFarm, and Cermaq has chosen ScaleAQ as a partner for deliveries of fish farming equipment to the project.
Just before Christmas, Cermaq announced that they would invest EUR 50 million in the farming system iFarm – a concept for individual aquaculture. This is despite the fact that the company received only four out of ten development licenses.
In a press release, equipment supplier ScaleAQ now writes they will supply its Midgard System, including a floating collar, winch and Midgard net, in addition to a net cover and net tube that will enclose the iFarm unit being developed by BioSort. The first edition of iFarm is scheduled to be deployed at the Martnesvika facility in Steigen in the summer of 2020.
“For us, it was crucial to bring on board a partner who offered the best expertise and has enough muscle to ensure that we make iFarm a success,” says Project Manager for iFarm at Cermaq, Karl Fredrik Ottem.
ScaleAQ’s strategy is to bring together the best people in the aquaculture supply industry in order to build a strong, skilled company that can serve as an important partner and adviser to aquaculture operators. This ensures that ScaleAQ is a key contributor to enhancing and ensuring development in the aquaculture sector.
“We are very pleased that Cermaq chose us,” says CCO Stig Førre in ScaleAQ.
“We feel this is confirmation that our strategy of offering partnerships is the right one. In time, we will increasingly become an adviser rather than a seller,” he continues.
Wide-ranging cooperation behind iFarm
Cermaq, BioSort and ScaleAQ have formed a project group featuring complementary knowledge bases. This will ensure that the iFarm project is provided with the best possible conditions in which to succeed. Expertise from a range of areas will be combined to unite their forces.
“We are excited about working together with the best experts in their respective fields,” says Noralf Rønningen, R&D Manager and responsible for coordinating ScaleAQ’s contribution.
“BioSort’s experiences with the Tomra system and recording large volumes of data and then processing this will be highly transferable to the aquaculture sector. Together with Cermaq and our own expertise, we will be the absolute best,” says Rønningen.