Fleet renewal for Havfisk AS
In April 2018, the Group signed an agreement with Vard for the construction of the trawler “Kongsfjord”. The new trawler is the same size as “Nordtind” (80.4 x 16.7 metres), which was handed over in 2018, and is a combination trawler, like Nordtind (fresh/frozen fish). Hand-over of Kongsfjord took place in January 2020, and the vessel was christened in Båtsfjord on 15 February 2020. This vessel will be the first stern trawler with integrated energy storage system, with the option for both battery operation, diesel-mechanic and diesel-electric propulsion. It has tanks for storage of live fish and equipment for full exploitation of residual raw materials as silage.
Jøsnøya, Hitra (Farming): Official opening of new factory
In September 2019, the Group’s new salmon processing plant on the island of Jøsnøya in Hitra was officially opened, with 800 guests attending a two-day ceremony. Production in the factory started in 2018. The factory represents a significant investment that will boost the Group's operations within processed products. The Group is confident that this is the world’s most high-tech salmon processing plant. The plant, which can produce 70,000 tonnes per year with just one shift a day, will provide a significant increase in the volume of fillets transported to the market. This provides a considerable boost to improved efficiency for the salmon value chain.
First release from the RAS facility in Kjærelva
In May 2017, Lerøy Vest AS and Sjøtroll Havbruk AS started work on the construction of one of the world’s largest RAS facilities for young fish at Kjærelva in Fitjar municipality. On completion in 2019, the building became one of the largest and most productive young fish facilities in the world. The facility has 12 departments, two of which are hatchery departments and 10 are RAS departments for further growth. The production facility has the most advanced filters for water purification both for input and output water and close to zero discharges of nutrient salts. The first roe were introduced in the plant in 2018. The first fish from the plant were released on 2019. In 2020, the majority of releases for Lerøy Sjøtroll will be large smolt weighing 250-500 grams.
Construction start in Belsvik, extension in Laksefjord and opening in Bjørsvik
In the autumn of 2019, Lerøy Midt AS started construction work on the extension of the RAS facility in Belsvik, in Heim municipality, Trøndelag. The aim with the extension project is to facilitate production of large smolt for Lerøy Midt AS, potentially at a higher volume than in Kjærelva. Construction work continued in 2019 on the extension of the RAS facility in Laksefjord, Lebesby municipality, Finnmark. This development project is scheduled for completion in December 2020, but the previous development stages will allow the plant to supply a substantial volume of large smolt before completion.
In 2019, Lerøy Sjøtroll opened a reconstructed and far more resource-efficient young trout facility in Bjørsvik, Alver municipality, Vestland.
Opening in Stamsund
In March 2019, Lerøy Norway Seafoods started production of processed fish and ready-to-eat products at their plant in Stamsund in Vestvågøy municipality. Industrial processing of whitefish in Norway is challenging, but the Group is confident that such operations are possible and that the challenges can be solved by means of improved marketing and more efficient operations. This process is difficult and will take time, but the Group is confident there are gains to be made.