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Sweden grants environmental permit to Northvolt’s factory

Northvolt's Skellefteå Li-ion battery factory

The permit covers the first section of the factory, to be completed in 2020

Northvolt has received the environmental permit for Europe’s largest Li-ion battery cell factory, to be built in the municipality of Skellefteå in the north of Sweden. The permit covers construction and operation stages. It was granted by the Land and Environment Court in Umeå less than six months after the final application was submitted.

The permit was issued for the first section of the factory that will be completed in 2020 and produce 8 GWh cell capacity per year.

The full factory is expected to be ready in 2023 and produce at least 32 GWh annually at a full-scale capacity.

“Today marks another major milestone for Northvolt and the battery value chain that is starting to take shape in Europe. We will start construction in Skellefteå tomorrow, which means that we are well-positioned to keep our timeline,” said Northvolt CEO and co-founder Peter Carlsson.

The first phase of the construction, which primarily consists of ground preparations, is estimated to be completed during the second half of 2019 and is financed within the current funding. Northvolt has initiated a process to support the funding required for investments in buildings, materials and equipment that will take place in the next phase until the first part of the factory is completed in late 2020.

In April, Northvolt broke ground on the construction of Northvolt Labs located in Västerås, with completion expected in 2019. Northvolt Labs is a cutting edge scale-up line and research facility used to develop, test and industrialise Li-ion battery cells before large-scale production.

Since launch in March 2017, Northvolt has entered into industrial partnerships with ABB, Nemaska Lithium, Scania, SECI, Siemens, Skellefteå Kraft and Vestas, as well as been selected by Epiroc as a supplier of battery systems for zero-emissions mining machines. Northvolt has also received support from the European Investment Bank and the Swedish Energy Agency.

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