Icelandic tomatoes are set to hit the market in the U.K. once plans of a five-hectare greenhouse for large-scale tomato production near Hellisheiði geothermal power station have been fully financed.
Five Icelandic investors and companies are seeking investors for the ISK 2.2 billion (USD 17.1 million, EUR 13 million) project under the name Geogreenhouse ehf. with all produce destined for the U.K.
Operations can begin once the project has been fully financed. The production will consist of four different varieties of tomatoes. The tomatoes will be shipped from Reykjavík harbor to Immingham, England.
“The plan is to export three 40-foot containers per week,” Geogreenhouse chairman Sigurður Hrafn Kiernan told Morgunblaðið.
The company will purchase energy as well as cold and hot water from the power plant. After the first phase, production will consume 8 MW but that will later increase to 30 MW.
Hellisheiði is located at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Reykjavík.
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