Longest Faroese fish farm power linkA 5600 metre power link now connects Bakkafrost sites in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Bakkafrost

JT electric have completed the latest installation of a 5600 metre sea cable to a Bakkafrost site in the Faroe Islands. The cable provides power from land to the remote fish farm and is the longest of its kind in the country.

This installation is part of Bakkafrost’s transition to more sustainable power consumption. The majority of the Bakkafrost feeding barges in the Faroe Islands are powered by sea cables from land, while the remaining are in the process of changing over.

These sea cable projects have been organised and installed by JT electric throughout the Islands.

“Our goal is to reduce our CO2 emission with 50% by 2030,” said Jón Purkhús, farming manager for Bakkafrost North.
“By using sea cables to supply our feeding barges with electricity from land we are reducing diesel usage and thereby significantly reducing emissions from our fish farms.”

Designed by JT electric and their cable partner, this unique 5.60 kilometre sea cable is fitted with fibre inside. Installing the fibre connection along with the power supply has ensured that the site has a fast and safe link to the equipment on board the feeding barge. All operations are managed remotely from the land based feeding central, therefore this smooth connection is essential.

“This has been an exciting project for us,” commented Leivur Hansen, Operational Manager for JT electric.
“The long distance required that we use high-voltage electricity to effectively deliver power via the sea cable to the feeding barge. This challenge was solved in close collaboration with Faroese electricity provider SEV.”

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