AMP Clean Energy is helping support sustainable food production at Scottish Sea Farms’ innovative Barcaldine hatchery with a low carbon biomass system.

Owned, installed and maintained by AMP Clean Energy, the facility uses locally sourced, sustainably managed wood chip to provide the 17,500 sqm building with much of its heat and hot water. The biomass solution saves Scottish Sea Farms 683 tonnes of carbon a year compared with using oil. That’s the equivalent of six million road miles per year.

AMP Clean Energy provides these services through a 20-year energy supply agreement, taking complete care of the heat installation, leaving Scottish Sea Farms to focus on their core operations.

The £58 million facility on the banks of Loch Creran, supplies smolts – young salmon – to the company’s 42-strong estate of marine farms around Scotland’s west coast, Orkney, and Shetland.

It is a great example of local, sustainable food production which has generated new jobs and opportunities in the surrounding area.

Anne Anderson, Head of Sustainability & Development at Scottish Sea Farms, said: “Like many food producers, we’re working hard to minimise any impact from our activities on the environment and our Barcaldine Hatchery is a great example of that. The biomass system is part of a package of greener technologies in place and provided the best renewable option to supply the facility’s heat and hot water needs. What’s more, with AMP Clean Energy owning and managing the biomass system, we can leave its operation in their expert hands while we concentrate on creating the best growing conditions.”

Bruno Berardelli, Head of Asset Services at AMP Clean Energy, added: “We’re proud to have worked in partnership with Scottish Sea Farms to fund, develop, own and operate a new low carbon heat installation at their Barcaldine Hatchery. This sustainable solution is a perfect example of how biomass heat can support net zero food production. It is a truly local project too, taking advantage of locally sourced wood chip and supported by the expert team at our Fort William office.”