The inhabitants in Húsavík in northeast Iceland celebrated the fact that the third and final phase of the feasibility study of the aluminum smelter plans at Bakki, near the town, are about to begin.
“I cooked Bergur’s favorite meal, a steak with rhubarb jam,” Bryndís Sigurdardóttir, wife of Bergur Elías Ágústsson, head of the local authority, told Fréttabladid.
Ágústsson said once the third stage of the feasibility study was entered, a final decision on whether a smelter would be constructed in the area would be made.
The second phase of the feasibility study was finished yesterday. The study is conducted by the national power company Landsvirkjun and Landsnet, which has a monopoly on the transmission of electricity in Iceland.
The three planning stages were agreed upon by the local authority, Alcoa and Iceland’s Ministry of Industry with an agreement signed May 16 last year.