A one billion Norwegian kroner fortress built on a weather beaten island on the Norwegian coast just as the cold war was coming to an end. The builders hardly had time to pack up and leave before the government decided to disband this and several other similar fortresses, abandoning them to the elements and a flock of sheep.
Dønnums fabrikker in Mogreina closed down for good in 1995 but still, 16 years later, the old disused factory building sites unused and derelict as a giant blemish on the otherwise picturesque local community. The factory processed the remains of dead animals, producing bone meal, grease and glue. Needless to say, the smell from this process was not particularly pleasant and it may have been a campaign by the local community to have the factory shut down that was the final nail in the coffin for the factory.
The fate of the factory building after it’s closure has been a long drawn out battle between the local community, the municipality and the current owner of the grounds. The factory has been ordered torn down by the municipality but the owner wishes to build houses on the grounds after the factory has been removed, and claims he does not have the money to tear down the factory without getting a go ahead for the housing project and securing financing for this. There is also the issue of ground contamination after years of industrial activity on the grounds. Most likely the factory will be torn down in relative near future.