Residents of the remote Westfjords of Iceland have the most unreliable electricity transmission in the country. Interruptions in service occur regularly in the region, often causing damage to products and electrical equipment, and delays in production even once electricity has been restored. RÚV reports that Landsnet, which administers the transmission of electricity across Iceland, has just prepared a new report which lays out three ways to improve the region’s electricity transmission.
The report outlines three possibilities for improving electricity transmission in the region: a so-called “smart” power station in the South Westfjords; a circular transmission connection in the South Westfjords; and a circular transmission connection between the north and south sections of the region. The report also considers the potential impact of new power stations in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord and connections in the region, as well as the planned Hvalárvirkjun power station.
The report does not lay out the costs of the suggested improvements. Landsnet’s 2018-2027 infrastructure plan discusses connecting the planned Hvalárvirkjun plant to their network and strengthening of the South Westfjords network as “projects under consideration.” Neither are included in company’s implementation plan for the next three years.