Dutch company Jack-Up Barge and Norwegian firm Roxel Aqua are joining forces to transform oil and gas rigs into feeding and harvesting facilities for the salmon farming industry.

The proposed design, dubbed the Octopus, will feature a modified jack-up rig — an oil and gas barge with long support legs that can be lowered and raised — surrounded by 12 to 14 submersible salmon cages.

To transform the oil and gas platform, the companies propose removing the drilling module and installing a fish process module, a lice removal unit and sub surface cages, which can be lowered via winches when storms are forecast.

The repurposed oil and gas rigs are being proposed for locations off the coasts of Scotland, Norway and Australia.

For more on the proposal, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Roxel Aqua.

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