The Environment Agency of Iceland has granted the Icelandic Silicon Corporation license to operate a factory at Helguvík. mbl.is reports. The license entails a production of up to 50 thousand tons per year of raw silicon, and up to 20 thousand tons per year of silicon dust, in addition to peripheral equipment, garages and other services.
A Power Plant. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Environmental Institute presented a proposal for the license in the period between May 29 and July 23 2009. Two comments were received. Consequently, changes made to the proposal pertained to phrasing coordination with other comparable licenses. No amendments were made in regards to the arrangement of surveillance and monitoring. The license has already been activated and is valid until September 30, 2021.
The Icelandic Silicon Corporation was founded in Iceland on April 15, 2009. Its owner is the Danish consulting firm Tomahawk Development.
The construction of the factory is expected to commence shortly, and to take around twenty months. Silicon production is estimated to begin in November 2011.
The company’s source of electrical power will be the Sudurnes Power Company, starting on November 1, 2011.