Company to establish 10,000 tonnes land-based salmon farm on the Swedish border

Stian Olsen

Ljungdahls Fast will establish a land-based salmon plant on the property of Thon-owned Nordby Shopping Center.

Recently, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported on the Christmas crisis in Strömstad, Western Sweden. The coronavirus has led to far fewer Norwegians making the trip to the Swedish border town in search for cheaper goods.

But now the crisis-hit city is looking for other streams of income. According to documents obtained by SalmonBusiness, the Norwegian Environment Agency has received a notification from the Swedish authorities about plans for a land-based salmon farm in Strömstad. The Environment Agency has received the notice as the project falls under the Espoo Convention on cross-border measures, where major projects under consideration are likely to “have a significant adverse environmental impact across boundaries”.

Strömstad. MAP: Google

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The company Ljungdahls Fast wants to apply for a licence for the production of 10,000 tonnes of land-based salmon. The development of the RAS plant will take place incrementally, where the idea is to produce 1,500 tonnes of fish initially.

The facility is thought to be located at Kålviks Hamn, which is about two kilometres from the Norwegian border. A harvest site is also planned there. The land-based facility will be located on the property of Nordby Shopping Center, of which the property and hotel business company Olav Thon Group owns over half of.

“The purpose and goal of farming is to create locally produced and sustainable marine food with a high environmental profile and live up to the national strategies for aquaculture and food,” the company wrote on its aquaculture plans.

SB has requested a comment on the matter from the company.


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