The Kópasker Smolt Station is built in the North of Iceland by the company Rifós in 2021. The facility is built in a unique location, as it will be possible to pump up relatively warm groundwater of around 12-14° C with full salinity. The strategic location has a huge potential of growing big salmons on land, shortening the growth time in sea significantly. This aligns with the company putting great emphasis on being a responsible and sustainable fish farm to take care of the environment, producing GMO free salmon nurtured in the pristine Icelandic fjords.
The salmon lifecycle will consist of raising the juveniles to a size of 70 grams at a separate location, followed by transferring them to the Kópasker Smolt Station, where they are raised to 400 grams. They will then be transferred by a well boat and sailed to the eastern fjords for farming in offshore cages where the salmon grows to mature 3.5-5 kg salmons ready for the market.
Living up to the high requirements of producing an estimated 1.600 tons of salmon fry annually, sets high demands for clean and safe intake water.
The Smolt Station has a total water intake of around 2.400 l / sec on an annual average, which will need to be of very high quality to avoid bacteria outbreaks while maintaining crucial water qualities such as pH and temperature. This creates the need for a complex disinfection solution, perfectly aligned with UV systems that are capable of meeting all of these requirements.
To ensure a proper clean and disinfected source of intake water, two MR44-350SS ULTRABARRIER UV systems were installed, in cooperation with the Icelandic company Lavango. The Electropolished 316L stainless steel systems will effectively ensure that no microorganisms are able to enter through the intake water.
The systems will treat a maximum flow capacity of 980 liters per second with a UVT of approximately 99,3%, killing bacteria such as Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD). With the UV systems installed, the facility will ultimately become able to deliver more resilient smolts throughout the process, making it possible to live up to the high production requirements.
“Our high demands for clean and safe intake water were perfectly accommodated by the UV systems from ULTRAAQUA, helping us avoiding bacteria outbreaks and ultimately being able to ensure a higher production yield.”
Fannar H. Þorvaldsson - Managing Director, Rifós
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