Cell number 100 has now been restarted at the Husnes B-line in Western Norway, meaning that the halfway mark on the way back to full capacity for the aluminium production plant was crossed.
The journey back to full production at Hydro Husnes started on November 24, 2020 when the first of 200 electrolysis cells was restarted - after being idled for more than ten years as a result of the financial crisis.
As of today, Hydro Husnes produces about 95,000 tonnes of aluminium annually via the A-line. This will gradually increase to around 195,000 as the 200 electrolysis cells in the one-kilometer-long B-line are restarted.
“I am happy that the first 100 cells have been successfully restarted and I am impressed by the whole organisation that have managed this in a safe and controlled way. We are now focusing on the remaining 100 and we aim to be at full capacity by the end of June,” says Plant Manager at Hydro Husnes Johan Berg.
The restart of the B-line at Hydro Husnes represents a NOK 1.5 billion investment in upgrades and the production line holds world-class standards in climate, environmental and operational performance. In addition to doubling the production of aluminium based on renewable energy, the restart of the B-line contributes to almost a hundred new jobs.