Today, the Group has signed a conditional contract worth approximately DKK 1.5 billion for construction of a production plant in Iceland.
MT Højgaard today entered into a contract with Silicor Materials, a producer of high-quality solar silicon, to build a 121,000 square metres production plant in the industrial area Grund-artangi, 40 kilometres from Reykjavik, Iceland. The plant will be used for production of silicon to be used in solar cells.
For more than a year, MT Højgaard has worked with Silicor to optimise the construction project.
- This process is a model example of how we as consultants and contractors can add value when we are involved in construction projects from the initial stage. During the process, we have optimised the structures and adapted the buildings to ensure that Silicor gets the best value for money in terms of both planned production and future flexibility, said Vice President Jóannes Niclassen, MT Højgaard.
In addition to construction, MT Højgaard will be responsible for project design, planning and consulting. The design phase will now begin based on documents prepared during the negotiation period. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2018.
The production plant will be MT Højgaard's first project in Iceland in recent years. It will strengthen the company's North Atlantic division, which is already active in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
- Industry of this scale will often attract other major production facilities, and we are interested in assignments in Iceland that match MT Højgaard's risk profile. This specific project also fits perfectly with MT Højgaard's strategy of entering projects in the initial stage and in this way optimising them to enable us to deliver fast, efficient and high-quality services, said Torben Biilmann, President and CEO of MT Højgaard.
The contract is worth approximately DKK 1.5 billion, and is subject to the condition that Silicor Materials' complete financing is formalised, a process which can now be finalized. The project is expected to have a positive effect on MT Højgaard's consolidated revenue and earnings during the term of the project, but it will not have any impact on the company's current financial guidance.
Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risk and uncertainty which may cause actual developments to differ materially from the guidance provided.