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Borehole in North Iceland Proves Powerful

The magma borehole by Vítismór near Krafla in northeast Iceland is one of the most powerful boreholes in Iceland and could produce up to 27 megawatts of electricity.


Geothermal energy production in southwest Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

For comparison, the most powerful boreholes on Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland produce around 15 megawatts, Morgunbladid reports.

“The hole produces around 32 kilos of extremely hot steam per second so we could extract 17-27 megawatts from it depending on what kind of turbine is used,” explained Bjarni Pálsson, an engineer at Landsvirkjun Power.

The Vítismór borehole is the first in a special deep drill project, which is a collaboration of domestic and foreign parties.

The initial plan was to drill down to 4,500 meters but in June 2008 the drill hit magma at a depth of 2,100 meters.

It is uncertain how the deep drill project will continue; originally drilling was also supposed to take place at Hellisheidi and Reykjanes in southwest Iceland.

Landsvirkjun Power is the engineering, construction and foreign investment arm of the Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company.

Click here to read more about the Krafla area and here to read more about energy drilling near the volcano.

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