Oslo Seafood Centre development deal terminated

Written by: Felicity Stredder |
Artist's impression of the proposed Seafood Centre
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Worldwide Flight Services and airport operator Avinor have agreed to terminate their agreement for the construction and operation of a new seafood centre at Oslo airport.

The cancellation of the project seems to relate to a desire on the part of WFS to make changes to the letter of intent, according to the state-owned airport operator.

In a statement, Avinor Communications Manager Kristian Løksa said: “Avinor AS and WFS signed a letter of intent in the autumn of 2018 on the construction and operation of a new seafood center for air cargo at Oslo airport. WFS and Avinor now agree to terminate this letter of intent.

“In connection with the project development, WFS initiated changes that could not be implemented under the Avinor procurement regulations. We will now consider whether, and how, it is best to arrange for seafood exports over Oslo airport.”

The centre was being built to meet rising demand for Norwegian seafood, which reached 230,000 tonnes last year.

It has been suggested that existing facilities could accommodate the anticipate growth, however, and that extra capacity could put the facilities currently used to handle seafood under pressure. Local reports suggest that Oslo airport could use the area for other purposes if no one else wants to take up the project.

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