AQUABOUNTY SELECTS INNOVASEA AS RAS TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER
AquaBounty selects Innovasea as RAS technology provider and provides update on planned third farm. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. today announces the selection of Innovasea as the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (“RAS”) technology provider for its planned 10,000 metric ton farm (“Farm 3”).
AquaBounty is pleased to announce the selection of Innovasea, a global leader in advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture, as its RAS technology provider for Farm 3 and plans to leverage Innovasea’s suite of solutions encompassing facility design and equipment supply. Innovasea is a U.S.-based company familiar with U.S. markets and regulations and has been designing and building energy efficient, sustainable water treatment systems for more than 25 years, providing solutions to optimise growing conditions year-round regardless of facility location. Their collaborative approach focuses on meeting the customer’s unique requirements to address their specific needs.
As a further update on Farm 3, the Company continues to make progress on the design and engineering work for the facility, and based on advanced discussions with both its technology provider and engineering firm, the Company now expects the total build cost for Farm 3 will be in the range of $140 to $175 million. The Company continues to expect construction to begin in 2021 and anticipates the farm will be ready to commence commercial production in 2023.
“We are pleased to announce Innovasea as our RAS provider for Farm 3, combining best-in-class technology with our experienced, passionate team,” said Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty. “Innovasea is a leader in the industry, combining deep expertise in implementation with intelligent, connected RAS technology used in tier-1 installations globally. Leveraging their RAS solutions and our AquAdvantage salmon, we believe we are building a next-generation, highly productive facility that will serve as a model for the industry.”
“In addition, though we previously identified Mayfield, Kentucky as our leading site for Farm 3, our subsequent confirmatory diligence has indicated that an alternate top site may be superior. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has been a tremendous partner in this process, and one of our alternate sites is located there. Our rigorous selection process has allowed us to pursue two additional sites located in the Midwest to ensure we have the optimal location for our farm,” added Wulf.
“Operationally, we continue to execute upon our milestones, and I am proud of the AquaBounty team for the progress they have made in 2020. With conventional salmon harvests on-going and final preparations for the commercial harvest of AquAdvantage salmon underway, I firmly believe we are in a better position than at any time in our corporate history. I look forward to providing our shareholders with updates on a revised Farm 3 location, first harvest of AquAdvantage and more to come in the near-term,” concluded Wulf.
Fuelled by leading-edge technology and a passion for research and development, Innovasea is revolutionizing aquaculture and advancing the science of fish tracking to make our oceans and freshwater ecosystems sustainable for future generations. With 250 employees worldwide, Innovasea provides full end-to-end solutions for fish farming and aquatic species research – including quality equipment that’s efficient and built to last, expert consulting services, and innovative platforms and products that deliver unrivalled data, information and insights.
About AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) is a leader in the field of land-based aquaculture and the use of technology for improving its productivity and sustainability. The Company’s objective is to ensure the availability of high-quality seafood to meet global consumer demand, while addressing critical production constraints in the most popular farmed species.
The Company’s AquAdvantage fish programme is based upon a single, specific molecular modification in fish that results in more rapid growth in early development. With aquaculture facilities located in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Indiana, USA, AquaBounty is raising its disease-free, antibiotic-free salmon in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems, offering a reduced carbon footprint and no risk of pollution of marine ecosystems as compared to traditional sea-cage farming. For more information, please visit www.aquabounty.com.