The Reykjavík City Council yesterday agreed to authorize Reykjavík Energy (OR) to connect the Hellisheiðarvirkjun power plant with new boreholes in the Hverahlíð geothermal area by a new pipe.
Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The board of OR requested permission to do so after it turned out that the power plant wasn’t sustainable and that the plant’s electricity production no longer met demand, visir.is reports.
The request was approved with six votes to one; Sóley Tómasdóttir of the Left-Green Movement argued that the measures are only a temporary solution to the problem, which arose because of too high expectations of the area’s production capacity.
Originally, OR intended to construct a new geothermal power plant at Hverahlíð.