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Lava-Related Cable Failure Leads to Blackout in Grindavík

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Golli. Grindavík.

A main cable failure under lava caused a power outage in Grindavík since 7:15 AM, with efforts underway using Landsnet’s backup generator for restoration. Despite challenges, authorities expect electricity to return later today after last weekend’s disruption due to a nearby eruption.

Landsnet’s backup generator to be moved to Grindavík

Electricity went out in Grindavík at 8 AM this morning when a main cable (i.e. trunk feeder), which is under lava, failed. Work is underway to restore electricity to the town.

“Electricity has been out since 7:15 this morning, and it seems that the main cable lying under the lava from Svartsengi to Grindavík has failed,” Sigrún Inga Ævarsdóttir, information officer with the utility company HS Veitur (which oversees electricity distribution in Grindavík) told Vísir this morning

She noted that efforts were being made to restore power using a backup generator from Landsnet, a public transmission system operator.

As noted by RÚV, HS Veitur had begun preparations for the connection of an overhead line as soon as the cable went under the lava. That work is, however, yet to be completed.

Expect electricity to be restored later today

“We are moving Landsnet’s backup generator back to town,” Hjördís Guðmundsdóttir, public relations manager with the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, stated, expecting electricity to be restored later today. “We are working on this. It will likely take some time to connect the backup generator, but hopefully, electricity will be back on then,” Hjördís added.

Electricity and hot water were cut off from Grindavík last weekend when an eruption began near the town, and the town was subsequently evacuated. Hot water and electricity had been restored to most of the town when the power went out again this morning. 

The formation of new crevasses in Grindavík has made the situation increasingly precarious in the town. 

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