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Construction Approved on New Hydroelectric Power Plant

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A preliminary construction permit for a hydropower plant was approved by the Árneshreppur municipal council in the Westfjords on Wednesday, mbl.is reports.

The plant will be located in the remote Strandir region, near the Hvalá river on Ófeigsfjörður fjord, which contains the most running water of any river in the Westfjords. The magnitude of the river has long made the area one of interest for utilization.

The new hydroplant would utilize an alluvial reservoir just below the Hvalárvatn lake for its operations, but the municipality has set some conditions for this utilization, one of which is that there must be an area that is left undisturbed between the reservoir and the edge of the river. The company will also be required to submit monthly environmental assessments and supervisory reports during construction.

According to Eva Sigurbjörnsdóttir, chair of the Árnehreppur municipal council, the preliminary license was unanimously approved. The permit currently allows for road construction at and around the site of the future plant, as well as the building of a bridge over the Hvalá river, worker’s facilities, and a sewage system. It also allows for geological surveys around the site.

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