Storm Babet has knocked out power for Scottish Sea Farms Barcladine Hatchery.
SalMar owned Scottish Sea Farms’s Barcladine hatchery is having to run off emergency generators after Storm Babet knocked out power in the area, the company announced on LinkedIn on Thursday.
Storm Babet hit the UK on Thursday after sweeping in from the Atlantic, bringing with it heavy rainfall and causing extensive flooding in parts of the country.
“Current conditions in the wider area are anything but still and calm due to Storm Babet, resulting in repeated power outages at our hatchery,” wrote the company.
The Met Office red weather warning runs from 18:00 on Thursday until noon on Friday, with the storm predicted to bring about 220cm (8.5in) of rain in some areas of eastern Scotland, an amount close to the highest ever 24-hour total for a “rainfall day”.
The £55 million hatchery was completed in 2019, three years after plans for the project were first announced.
The state-of-the-art facility, which includes four incubation units and four hatcheries, was officially opened in 2020.
Scottish Sea Farms is owned by Norskott Havbruk – a joint venture between Norwegian salmon producers Leroy Seafood Group and SalMar.