Nov 17 2006

Norsk Hydro Join the Aluminium Feeding Frenzy with 600.000 Tons

Reykjavik newspaper ‘Bladid’ reports that Norwegian oil and aluminium company Hydro (or Norsk Hydro as they are known in Iceland) and the Icelandic government met yesterday to discuss the possibility of building a 600,000 ton smelter in Iceland within the next eight years. The company’s representatives met with Iceland’s Minister of Industries Jón Sigurdsson yesterday to present their ideas, as Bladid reports.

However, Sigurdsson denied on Icelandic State Radio that the smelter plan was ever mentioned in the talks… How shady everything has become in the little aluminium republic.

Manager of the North Atlantic branch of Norsk Hydro, Bjarne Reinholdt, told Bladid the price of energy and raw material has to be calculated precisely before deciding whether building a smelter will pay off.

So now we know that Norsk Hydro like to do their home work prior to such big decisions. Or is it just that they want to get the lowest price for energy in the whole world, just like ALCOA did get from the Icelandic government?

Thomas Knutzen, communications officer at Norsk Hydro, helpfully pointed out that Iceland is in an important location for aluminum smelters, midway between Europe and America.

Knutzen told Bladid that Norsk Hydro is also interested in technological development of energy matters in Iceland. He is probably referring to their bogus involvement in the fraudulent Icelandic hydrogen project designed purely to green wash the truly ecocidal nature of the Icelandic State.

Norsk Hydro is no stranger to Iceland as the company was originally going to buy energy from the dams at Karahnjukar for a smelter to be built in Reydarfjordur, but pulled out of the project, supposedly because the company was not prepared to shoulder the responsibility for the ecological catastrophe the dams at Karahjnukar entailed. That’s when arms manufacturers ALCOA stepped in with 340.000 tons, without any qualms.

But has Norsk Hydro considered the ecological impact of dams large enough to power a smelter of 600,000 tons?

Is it perhaps the great river of Jokulsa a Fjollum that Norsk Hydro are after?

How comes they think they could ever get away with it?

And where would a smelter of that pollution capacity leave the Icelandic government in regard to its Kyoto obligations?

Have Norsk Hydro really done their home work properly?

Norsk Hydro have set up offices in Reykjavik to further their greed in exploiting the nature of Iceland.

Lets show these new prospective Killers of Iceland how REALLY welcome they are…

The address is Smiðshöfði 1, Reykjavík.