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Coast Guard Ship Þór Supplying 70% of Dalvík’s Electricity

By Ragnar Tómas

An employee of Rarik connects cables to the Coast Guard ship Þór

The coast guard ship Þór is currently supplying 70% of the electricity in Dalvík in North Iceland, Vísir reported this morning. The village experienced a complete electrical blackout following a historic storm earlier this week. Dalvík is the main village of the Icelandic municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð. It has a population of approximately 1,400 residents.

Þór to the Rescue

A Hercules aircraft, owned by the Danish air force, delivered a tonne’s worth of electrical cable to Dalvík yesterday. Employees of Rarik, the official energy corporation of Iceland, used the cables to connect Þór to the town’s electrical system. This marks the first time that Þór is utilized as a movable power station, a bulletin on the Icelandic Coast Guard’s states. The vessel is capable of transmitting 2MW of electricity:

“The ship was designed with the capability of delivering electricity to remote places during power blackouts. Before now, electrical companies and utility firms have not felt it necessary to utilize this feature of the ship.”

Working Around the Clock

Other parts of Dalvík are being powered by diesel backup generators, according to a bulletin posted on the homepage of Rarik. The announcement states that Rarik employees in North Iceland have been working around the clock over the past days. Despite having yet to restore electricity to approximately a quarter of the town (mainly businesses), many small victories were won last night, a Rarik employee stated in an interview with Morgunblaðið this morning.

It will still be a few days until the so-called Dalvík Line – a series of pylons that deliver electricity to the town – will be repaired. 20 pylons ruptured during the storm. Rarik may need to ration power to Dalvík, and residents are encouraged to be economical in their use of electricity. 

A Brief Overview

As noted by Morgunblaðið this morning, North Iceland is experiencing significant power outages. Electricity has been restored to almost all of the farms in Heggstaðanes and Vatnsnes in North Iceland, excluding two farms in Heggstaðanes and three in Vatnsnes. Reykjaströnd is still without electricity, and there are minor outages in Skagafjörður. The area surrounding Akureyri is experiencing more significant outages and it is unclear when repairs will finish. Most of Öxnadalur and Hörgárdalur is without electricity and so almost all of Laxárdalur. Svarfaðardalur is currently in a complete electrical blackout. The same is true for Tjörnes. Many residents of Öxarfjörður are without electricity, owing to at least ten power line poles having ruptured The rural area of Melrakkaslétta north of Kópasker, is without electricity. A diesel backup generator is supplying electricity to Raufarhöfn. The same holds true for Þórshöfn, Þistilfjörður, and Bakkafjörður. 

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