Warm-species tilapia demand hot water growing conditions of 28* celcius (82* farenheit). North Europe would seem an odd place to produce this commodity fish, but the team was determined to produce 1,200 tons of tilapia annually. They built a state of the art facility which incorporated new technology. A complete denetrification system reduces water consumption to the minimal amount necessary, and the air heating system uses underground soil and stone temperature as a natural heat exchange.
The farm is located in Plonsk, about 65 km (40 miles) from Warsaw, and features a quarantine section to receive small fry’s and monitor the desizes and parasites before being admitted to the grow-out and production areas. The project was designed to grow two species, but only one is in production as yet. The system operation, design and management of this project was completed on budget. The total electricity consumption is less than 130 kW/h with the denitrification. Without the denitrification process the energy costs would be 30% less, 100 kW/h. Because of these savings and others built into the design of the project, the projected cost of production for one kilogram of fish is very low. Delivering a high quality commodity product to the fresh market, this project is a success.