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Katahdin Salmon on track for site construction

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Maine-based producer Katahdin Salmon has announced that it is on track to begin construction of its flagship, fully renewable energy-powered RAS facility, which they aim to complete within two years.

RAS facility concept.
A concept of Katahdin's planned flagship facility

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Katahdin Salmon, a salmon farming company committed to a strong focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness, has announced that site preparation for the construction of its flagship Millinocket RAS facility is on track to commence in the summer of 2024.

The new land-based production facility, planned to be completed within two years and capable of producing 10,000 tonnes of salmon, reflects Katahdin's ambitious goal of becoming the most sustainable salmon farm in the US.

“We are on track with our plans for Katahdin Salmon and plan to start the remediation and site preparations this summer together with our partner ‘Our Katahdin’,” said Katahdin Salmon chief executive Marianne Naess, in a press release from the company.

The salmon producer has maintained a strong commitment to the sustainability of its approach throughout the planning process, from site selection and local climate to how the plant will be powered.

Katahdin aims to supply the RAS system with a combination of well water and lake water sourced on-site and will use 100 percent renewable hydropower to run the farm. The facility will also house a filtration system that dehydrates and sanitises waste, which could later be repurposed as compost, biofuel, or bait.

The facility will source its 100 percent renewable energy from a local hydroelectric power plant located about 100 metres from the facility. Katahdin Salmon will also take advantage of the low temperatures of the area to reduce the energy needed to run the facility, further improving their sustainability.

“We are believers that you should grow cold water fish where you have cold water because that takes down your energy consumption and your risk,” explained Naess, who wants to use clean energy, but also be as efficient as possible.

Following the preparation of the Millinocket site, Katahdin hope to begin construction of the facility by early 2025.

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