Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro has restarted the B Line at its plant in Husnes, Norway after 11 years.
The company’s planned restart for the line earlier this year was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an unsure aluminum market this year. Two hundred electrolysis cells along the kilometer-long B line will escalate aluminum production at the plant to 195,000mt per year once at full-scale, double of what it currently produces with only the A line.
Hydro plans to add 100 new jobs from this measure. Hilde Merete, the company’s president and chief executive officer also stated that the plant reaching full capacity would help Hydro meet the new-found demand for low-carbon aluminum as well as increase its profitability.