Statkraft and Elkem join forces on energy recovery

Norwegian power utility Statkraft has entered into a collaboration agreement with Elkem concerning the construction of a new energy recovery plant at the Elkem Thamshavn smelter in mid-Norway.

Located at Orkanger in Sør-Trøndelag county, this facility will recover heat from the smelter’s process steam to generate 180 GWh of electricity per year. Its estimated price tag is more than NOK 500 million.

“This facility will make us one of the world’s most energy-efficient silicon smelters, with a recovery factor of about 25 per cent,” says Alf Tore Haug, plant manager at Elkem Thamshavn.

“It’s important for us to help ensure that good industrial projects for energy efficiency are realised,” explains Sverre Gotaas, vice president for innovation at Statkraft.

“In addition to boosting energy efficiency at Elkem Thamshavn, this facility will contribute to new electricity generation and thereby improve the supply position in mid-Norway.”

The two sides will be conducting a main survey this autumn with a view to reaching a final investment decision. Plans call for the recovery plant to be completed in the autumn of 2011.

Norway’s state-owned Enova company has resolved to contribute NOK 90 million to the project.


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