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Panorama picture from Sarpsborg Municipality in Norway


Hafslund also owns and use the historical buildings and grounds of Hafslund Manor from the middle of the 1700s. The fall rights belonged to the famous Hafslund Manor, which had utilised the falls since the seventeenth century to work a mill, a gristmill and a sawmill. Today Hafslund Manor is one of Norway's most impressive manor houses.

Information on HAFSLUND ASA

Hafslund ASA is Norway's largest privately-based power company listed on the stock exchange. The company was formed in 1898 in Sarpsborg. The group has 286 employees and a turnover of NOK 1.5 billion (2000). The head office of the company is at Skøyen in Oslo, and its business address is in Sarpsborg.

The subsidiary Hafslund Generation Holding AS owns and operates nine power plants in Norway - five in Glomma and four in Andelva. The average annual generation is 2.9 TWh, which amounts to just under 3 per cent of the total consumption of electricity in Norway.

Hafslund Power Trading offers all activities in the field of power trading, including the trading and administration of Hafslund's generation portfolio.

Within grid activities, Hafslund ASA has ownership interests in Viken Energinett (the country's largest grid company), Mjøskraft AS and Elverum Energi Nett AS.

Within sales of power to the private and business markets, Hafslund has ownership interests in Tindra Energi and Økokraft.

Hafslund Invest AS manages the company's investment portfolio of approximately NOK 2 billion.

Hafslund ASA owns and operates four power stations in Maine and New Hampshire in the USA, one of which is run on biomass (preferably wood chips).


Globe Norge AS, Hafslund Metall is situated nearby Hafslund Manor House, about 1 km from Sarpsfossen and 2 km from the city center of Sarpsborg. A/S Hafslund was founded in 1898 when a hydroelectric power station was built in the nearby waterfalls, Sarpsfossen. In order to utilize the available power, a calcium carbide plant was built. On the 14th of April 1899 a new chapter in the industrial history of Norway was written.

The operations started at Hafslund Metall, as the first plant of its kind in Norway. Calcium carbide was produced at Hafslund Metall until 1967. Production of Ferrosilicon started in 1908, and that product is still the basis for Hafslund Metalls product range.

After the Second World War the production capacity was gradually increased by installing larger furnaces. The existing furnaces were commissioned in 1968 (24 MW) and in 1978 (42 MW). Production capacity is 65,000 t 75% Ferrosilicon per year. Energy consumption is 600 GWh per year. From the 1980’s, emphasis was put on specialisation of the product range, in order to be less vulnerable to the fluctuations in the market for standard grade Ferrosilicon. Production of powder metals started in 1986, FeSiMg and other foundry alloys in 1987, and Ferrosilicon granules in 1992.

Through the first 90 years of its history, Hafslund Metall was under A/S Hafslund ownership. In 1990 two thirds of the shares in Hafslund Metall were sold to Ila og Lilleby Smelteverker, Trondheim (ILS). Three years later ILS was reorganized with new owners. In 1995 ILS changed name to Fesil ASA, and the company went public.

Hafslund Metall was taken over by Globe Metallurgical Inc. in October, 1997. It has been Globes strategy to develop the product range further and to serve only the foundry sector and the powder customers. This goal has been reached, less than two years after take-over. At the same time, the competitiveness of the plant has been improved by increasing productivity and by process and quality improvements.

The plant has an interesting potential for energy recovery of up to 350 GWh per year in the form of steam, based on the heat content in the off-gas from the furnaces, for supply to steam consuming process industries nearby. Today Hafslund Metall has 129 employees.