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We thank you for your internet message regarding the Karahnjukar power project.
through the aluminium company Reydaral, partly owned by Icelandic investors and Hydro, have been participating in the public
debate on the development of the power and aluminium projects in East Iceland.
The efforts have, naturally, been
focused on the public debate in Iceland, as the public interest in the project has been more limited in Norway and elsewhere.
However, Hydro do not have any intention to interfere with the public debate in Iceland, and will of course respect Icelandic
democratic processes to decide on the future of the Icelandic community.
The power and aluminium plant projects are
in reality two separate projects, which of course to a large extent is dependent of each other. Hydro is however not a part
of the development of the power plant. This is an entirely Icelandic project which is presently in the process of seeking
an approval for its Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA.
The National Planning Agency, the bureau which shall review
the proposals has rejected the EIA for the power project. Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company who is the proponent of
the project has appealed this verdict to the Minister of the Environment.
The aluminium project submitted their EIA
to the Planning Agency this summer, which approved the project on August 31, with only some minor remarks which is in line
with the intentions of the company, Reydaral. The aluminium plant will utilise the most modern technology available, BAT,
and its emissions will be within all relevant limits.
The full EIA is available on the internet at www.reydaral.is.
Hydro, together with its partners in the aluminium project, are planning to make a final decision on the go ahead
of the smelter project in 2002.
Aluminium production and use should be considered in it full life cycle context,
and then we see that for instance applied in cars, aluminium can lead to decreases in the total emissions of climate gases,
compared to a heavier car build by traditional materials.
Hydro will continue to develop aluminium production both
in Norway and abroad, based on our competence along the entire value chain of the industry, taking into consideration the
international accepted principles of sustainability and social responsibility.
Hydro Aluminium Metal Products