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Geothermal Plant on Hold in Bitra

The Icelandic National Planning Agency has published a report on the potential geothermal plant in Bitra, Ölfuss southern Iceland. According to the report, The Iceland National Planning Agency believes the impact of the plant be detrimental to the environment, outdoor life and tourism in the area.

According to Ásta Thorleifsdóttir, vice president of Reykjavík Energy, the planning of the plant has been made as careful as possible in relation of nature and environment. Hjörleifur Kvaran, the president of Reykjavik Energy, says the results from INPA could prevent further measures in the field of usage of geothermal energy, Morgunbladid reports.

Kvaran and Thorleifsdóttir believe the report from the INPA will delay the constructing of geothermal plant in Bitra to next term or even longer.

The report from INPA counts tourism as factor in the rejection of the plant, but surprisingly, there is hardly any tourism in the region, according to Ólafur Áki Ragnarsson, mayor of Ölfuss. Ragnarson states that if the area is supposed to be a tourist attraction, some tourist facilities have to be made, but currently there are none there.

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