Pump manufacturer Framo is to become a joint partner with fish farming company Lingalaks.
The two companies aim to collaborate on the development of the Stadion Basin innovation project in Norway - a closed, floating production system for salmon, scheduled for completion in 2023.
“The objective with the Stadion Basin is to eliminate problems with salmon lice, accidental release and organic waste, and to provide good growing conditions for salmon. We are delighted that Framo has decided to invest in this important project,” said Erlend Haugarvoll, chairman of the Board for Lingalaks and StadionLaks, the company behind the Stadion Basin project.
Framo and Lingalaks have now signed an agreement for joint ownership of the project, which has been awarded development licences equivalent to 1,849 tonnes of biomass.
The basin is designed as a floating, closed, through-flow production unit for salmon farming.
“We decided to take part in this project so that we can develop and test new pump technology in the field. Our expertise lies in moving vast volumes of liquids in a controlled manner. Our goal is to be the preferred supplier of pump systems for aquaculture worldwide,” added Oddbjørn Jacobsen, director of Framo Innovation.
The objective with the project is to reduce or completely eliminate problems with salmon lice, accidental release, disease and algae, and to find improved methods of handling feed residue and waste products.
The plan is to collect sludge and organic waste, such as feed residue and faeces from the fish, and to exploit this as a resource.
Framo will be responsible for the entire through-flow system. This includes taking water from various depths, circulation in the volume of water in the fish farm, removal of sludge and control systems.
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