May 30, 2018
Nordic Aquafarms almost ready to start construction of salmon farm in US
Nordic Aquafarms has completed nearly all its due diligence on its 40-acre site in Belfast, Maine, USA, where it is to build a state-of-the-art land-based salmon farm.
The Norwegian company's CEO, Erik Heim, told area residents at a public information early this month that the company would now proceed with pre-engineering and preparing the various state and local permit applications necessary for the company to begin construction next year on the first phase of the project.
"We have confirmed that necessary conditions are in place on the site for our planned aquaculture production, including the availability of clean, abundant and sustainable groundwater from test wells", said Heim. "We now have over 90 percent confidence related to site conditions and requirements and as a result will be moving ahead with engineering and permitting".
Heim reiterated Nordic Aquafarms' commitment to develop a "green" facility with "soft" integration into the landscape.
He also announced that staffing for the company's first US facility is also progressing. The company is finalizing an agreement with its first US hire, a Maine native who is returning home from Florida to support development activities in Belfast, where the company will be opening a field office this summer.
In addition, Heim is moving to Maine in October to head up US operations. Marianne Naess, an experienced executive who has held senior positions at McKesson and Aker Solutions, will also be moving from Norway as director of operations. A small corporate office that will serve as US headquarters for Nordic Aquafarms will be established in Portland late this summer.
"We are very pleased with the progress that we made since announcing the project in January. Our due diligence at the site and strong support from the City of Belfast confirm that this is a great location for this exciting project," said Heim. "The scope and pace of our work will increase significantly in the weeks ahead."