Internal restructuring
Norge; Agder og Rogaland; Rogaland
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.42 - Aluminium production

450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 November 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


The partly state-owned Norwegian aluminium production company Norsk Hydro has announced to reduce production at the Karmoy aluminum plant due to weak aluminium markets. This restructuring will result in the loss of around 450 jobs by the end of 2009. The extreme market situation made the company shelve its plans for a new, modern production line at the Karmøy plant.

Norsk Hydro also said it would consider further "production adjustments" in December beyond those already announced. "The extreme market situation means that the company has to consider production cuts over and above those already implemented," said Hydro Executive Vice President Hilde M. Aasheim, head of Hydro's aluminium metal division.

The unions accuse the government for not having established a regime of long-range electric power supplies, which has been a precondition for Norsk Hydro to invest in a new line. Little is said about job reduction measures, except that some workers may be offered jobs at the new plant in Qatar. Norsk Hydro has a tradition of close cooperation between management and trade unions to find solutions.


  • 27 November 2008: Haugesunds avis
  • 26 November 2008: Haugesunds avis


Eurofound (2008), Norsk Hydro, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 67492, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67492.