The plant is situated in the delightful natural surroundings of the small town of Ålvik in the western part of Norway. Its closest neighbour is the Hardanger fjord that is ringed by splendid orchards and majestic mountains. The area forms the eastern part of the administrative district of Kvam in the county of Hordaland, 115 km east of Bergen.
The plant was founded in 1905 to develop and exploit the hydroelectric power resources. Since the 1920s, Bjølvefossen has been producing ferroalloys for the international iron and steel industry.
Today the plant specialises in producing ferrosilicon and magnesium-ferrosilicon master alloys. Bjølvefossen is among the world’s largest producers of magnesium-ferrosilicon.
Two reduction furnaces deliver the base metal, which is then alloyed and refined to the right quality of ferrosilicon or magnesium-ferrosilicon. The plant's furnaces are of relatively modest size and allow the plant flexibility to custom-make products to suit customers' needs.