The new furnace began its start-up process on 17 July, but was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 3 October.
"I am very proud of the new furnace and of the people who have been involved in the development and preparation of the start-up and operation of this great facility. The project has been complicated and technically demanding, and has entailed cooperation across several locations. I am very happy to be able to say that the project has been implemented in an exemplary manner", says Arve Ulriksen, Plant Manager at Elkem Salten. He adds:
"The investment helps secure jobs at Elkem Salten. We are now in a strong position with regard to deliveries to the silicone market. The upgrade has also added a new and future-oriented technology to the plant, allowing more efficient and environmentally friendly operations."
Facts about Elkem Salten
- Elkem Salten is located in Straumen in Sørfold municipality, about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle.
- It is a large, modern silicon plant with an annual production capacity of about 65,000 tonnes of silicon.
- The main products are Silicon 97 and Silicon 99 for the chemical and aluminium industries, Sidistar® for rubber and thermoplastics and high-quality microsilica for refractory materials.
Cutting the ribbon: Helge Aasen and CEO Pascal Chalvon-Demersay from Bluestar Silicones.