Norwegian land-based salmon farmer Andfjord Salmon has completed the excavation of 12 pool pits in the north of the country ahead of schedule, the company said on Friday.

The company has excavated two rows of pools in Kvalnes, each housing six pools, which will support a total production capacity of 19,000 metric tons head-on gutted (HOG).

“This is a highly encouraging start that de-risks the build-out considerably by creating flexibility for the technical workstreams that are ahead of us,” Andfjord Salmon CEO Martin Rasmussen said in an announcement to the stock exchange.