New NOK 250 million furnace at Elkem Salten makes operation more environmentally friendly and secures jobs

After having completed extensive technology upgrades, Elkem Salten is ready to start delivering silicon of a chemical grade specially made for further processing into silicone products.

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.


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