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Utility Company to Search for New Geothermal Areas in Iceland

CEO of utility company Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (OR), Bjarni Bjarnason, said at a meeting with the industrial affairs, transport and environment committees at Alþingi parliament this morning that the energy available in Hverahlíð should be used to maintain the capacity of Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant while looking into future options.

geothermal-borehole-sw_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

In June it was reported that the plant’s full capacity was 303 MW until the end of last year but it has since dropped to 276 MW. Scientists estimate that the capacity will continue to drop by six MW per year on average.

According to Bjarni, one of the main problems with the power plant, which serves the Reykjavík area, was that energy production at Skarðsmýrarfjall failed, ruv.is reports.

Bjarni said that it would be better to look for energy in new places than to continue to extract energy in existing areas.


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