Hydro admits to spills in Brazil

Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro has confirmed a series of unlicensed “release” of what it calls “excess rainwater” from its large aluminum plant in Brazil last month. Others including newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) call the release “ulovlige utslipp” (illegal spills) that are suspected of having polluted local water supplies and left the Oslo-based company dealing with […]

Hydro accused of pollution in Brazil

Oslo-based industrial firm Norsk Hydro is fending off accusations that its Hydro Alunorte aluminum plant in northern Brazil has polluted water sources used by the local population. After initially denying the accusations, Hydro has formed an “expert task force” to review the situation, and stresses that it is cooperating with “all relevant authorities.” Both local […]

Ailing Norske Skog strives to survive

NEWS ANALYSIS: Forest products firm Norske Skog was once one of Norway’s top industrial companies, founded by forest owners in 1962 and still one of the world’s largest producers of paper for publications. Now it’s struggling to ward off bankruptcy after an international expansion program left it saddled with debt, while new technology has cut demand for its products. […]

Forestry firm’s fate may lie with state

Shares in crisis-ridden forestry firm Norske Skog rebounded this week after Prime Minister Erna Solberg wouldn’t rule out contributing to a rescue plan for the last major receiver of timber in Norway. While some wealthy forest owners and investors seem to welcome state assistance, others warn against it. The fate of Norske Skog is likely to set […]

Hydro enters aluminum’s big leagues

Norsk Hydro, the big Norwegian metals firm that’s 34-percent owned by the state, got bigger on Monday. It announced it was buying the remaining half of aluminum firm Sapa, from privately controlled stocklisted firm Orkla, for NOK 13.5 billion (USD 1.6 billion). Hydro CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg claimed that the deal “confirms” Hydro’s position “as […]

Norway still fails to cut its emissions

While several other countries in the European Union have cut their carbon emissions in half, they’ve increased in oil-producing Norway. One critic claims Norwegian politicians have been opposed in principle to making cuts for many years, and none will occur any time soon. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms how poorly […]

Lien set to delay carbon capture

Norway’s Oil & Energy Minister Tord Lien confirmed on Friday, when Norwegian media outlets were preoccupied with news about British voters deciding to leave the EU, that he wants to delay projects to capture and store carbon emissions for another two years. That’s likely to come as more bad news for the climate and environmental activists. Norway’s […]

Soap factory down the drain in Kristiansund

More than 100 years of making soap in Kristiansund were washed down the drain on Tuesday, when the board of the Lilleborg cleaning products unit of industrial firm Orkla decided to shut down its Ello factory in the city on Norway’s northwest coast. Around 60 people will lose their jobs when production of Ello’s soap brands such […]

Hydro stock flies as pilot rolls out

Norway’s large industrial company Hydro, now mostly an aluminum and metals producer, won kudos from both investors and the prime minister on Wednesday when it officially decided to build a full-scale technology pilot plant at Karmøy in Western Norway. The area has been hard-hit by cutbacks in the oil and offshore industry, so the huge project […]

Huge new contract pumps up industry

The latest contract awarded for work on Norway’s huge new Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea cheered the offshore industry on Monday, along with investors on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Oil & Energy Minister Tord Lien was also mighty pleased, while local officials where much of the work will be conducted breathed a sigh […]