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First Aluminum Pot Housings Erected in Helguvík, Iceland

By Iceland Review

The first buildings, which are indented to house the aluminum smelting pots of the Nordurál – Century Aluminum smelter in Helguvík on Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland, are currently under construction.

The aluminum pot housings of the smelter in Reydarfjördur, east Iceland, under construction. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The project is proceeding slowly and it won’t move any more quickly ahead until funding for the Helguvík smelter and related power plants is completed, Morgunbladid reports.

The contractor, Íslenskir adalverktakar (ÍAV), is currently working on two aluminum pot buildings as part of the project’s first 90,000-ton stage. The groundwork is almost completed and the construction of a new harbor for Reykjaneshöfn is also underway.

Ágúst Hafberg, managing director of business development and communications at Nordurál, said they will continue constructing the Helguvík smelter at this pace for most of this year while working on the project’s funding.

Hafberg explained that environmental impact assessment for the establishment of cables and construction of power plants also has to be completed and other licenses need to be obtained as well, so he cannot say when construction will begin at full speed.

Click here to read more about planned aluminum smelters in Iceland.

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