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More than 20 Energy Options Checked in Iceland

Landsvirkjun, the national power company, is responsible for the current evaluation of 22 options for harnessing geothermal and hydropower energy around Iceland, in nine and 11 locations, respectively. Harnessing wind power by Búrfell is also an option.


Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The estimated power that could be produced by the wind power plant is two MW. The hydropower plants could produce 675 MW and geothermal power plants 625 MW, which combined amount to a production of 1,302 MW, Fréttablaðið reports.

The next projects of Landsvirkjun will be in the geothermal areas Bjarnarflag and Þeistareykir in Northeast Iceland. In the past years, the company has worked on preparations for three to four plants in these locations.

Tenders for drilling in up to three high-temperature boreholes in Bjarnarflag were made in June and the project is well underway.

For years, Landsvirkjun has worked on research regarding three hydropower plants in the lower Þjórsá River. Environmental impact assessments have been completed and the plants have been included in the general plan of respective municipalities.

However, these plants were moved from the harnessing category to standby in the framework program on energy harnessing and Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir has asked Landsvirkjun not to launch these projects before the framework program has been completed.

Chair of Samorka – Icelandic Energy and Utilities Gústav Adolf Skúlason said it is natural to evaluate energy options even though they are classified as ‘on standby in the framework program, while environmentalists criticize drilling by the river Þjórsá.

“To carry on in spite of heated debates and opposition to these plants indicates incredible stubbornness,” commented Sigþrúður Jónsdóttir, one of the founders of Sól á Suðurlandi, which fights the construction of hydropower plants in lower Þjórsá.

Among other power plant options that are being looked into by Landsvirkjun is Skrokkölduvirkjun, which assumes that water will be channeled from Hágöngulón to Skrokkalda and a geothermal plant in the geothermal area Köldukvíslarbotnar by Hágöngur. Drilling has already taken place in the area.

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