Framo invests in Norwegian aquaculture project

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Stadion Basin Fish farming project 3D illustration (Image credit: NagellD AS).
Stadion Basin Fish farming project 3D illustration (Image credit: NagellD AS).
The Lingalaks fish farm control room.
The Lingalaks fish farm control room.

Alfa Laval’s Framo is partnering with Norwegian fish farming company Lingalaks on a project to develop pumping technology for more sustainable fish farming.

The two companies will collaborate on the development of the Stadion Basin project, a closed, floating production system for salmon, scheduled for completion in 2023.

Framo and Lingalaks have signed an agreement for joint ownership (50/50) of the project, which has been awarded development licences equivalent to 1849 tonnes of biomass.

“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 of Lingalaks and StadionLaks, the company behind the Stadion Basin project.

“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,” explained Oddbjørn Jacobsen, director of Framo Innovation.

The basin is designed as a floating, closed, through-flow production unit for salmon farming measuring 39 x 117 metres. Seen from above the basin looks like a sports stadium (stadion is the Norwegian word for stadium).

The project aims 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.

“Our goal at Lingalaks is to identify solutions that provide optimal fish health and minimise the impact on our surroundings. We have been working on the Stadion Basin for four years now, and are looking forward to commissioning the system in 2023. If it all turns out as well as expected, it could provide major positive gains in relation to fish health, seafood production in the fjords and for the entire aquaculture industry,” said Erlend Haugarvoll, chairman of the board of Lingalaks and StadionLaks.

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.

“Closed and semi-closed plants require major pumps to replace the water and create ideal currents. This is where Framo are the experts. Given that our owners, Alfa Laval, are also world leaders within sludge and water treatment, there is little doubt that this will provide for a productive partnership,” said Martijn Bergink, CEO of Framo AS.