Some initial pumping on the new Marine Harvest pipeline has now taken place – primarily in order to test the system and to provide some ballast in the water holding pens in Loch Erisort.
By the time you read this, it is expected that the pipeline will be in full operation, and the first treatment of salmon will have taken place.
Hopefully this will go well, and will go on to be a win-win situation for Marine Harvest, the estate, and importantly, the local environment.
The pipeline is able to pump 250m3 per hour (over 50,000 gallons), but the overall extraction rate is governed by SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) who issue a daily extraction allowance.
Fortunately (or unfortunately) even at full capacity, the pump has barely scratched the extraction allowance due to the continuing high levels of rainfall locally.
We hope to have an official opening of the system once all the testing has been completed.
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