Oslo, Norway [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Orkla is investing NOK 2.7 billion [US$418 million] in a new plant for the production of high-purity silicon for solar cells at Elkem Fiskaa in Kristiansand, Norway. The factory will lay the foundations for the development of a new high- technology business area for Orkla with potential for expansion. Ordinary deliveries of Elkem Solar Silicon are scheduled to start in mid-2008. The plant will be integrated into Elkem Fiskaa’s existing silicon plant and will initially manufacture 5,000 tons of solar grade silicon per year. Production will be based on new metallurgical process technology developed by Elkem Solar.