Among the guests were Árni M. Mathiesen, the Minister of Finance, and Össur Skarphéðinsson, the Minister of Industry. In total, six machines for energy production are in operation. One machine is a back-up machine and will soon be operable.
The start-up ceremony was in Fljótsdalur station, as planned, but due to bad weather and uncertainty regarding domestic flights, the decision was made to have part of the ceremony at Hilton Hotel Nordica in Reykjavík. Speeches were given by the Minister of Finance; the Minister of Industry; Gunnþórunn Ingólfsdóttir, President of the municipal council of the county of Fljótsdalur; and Páll Magnússon, Chairman of the Board of Landsvirkjun. Guðmundur Pétursson, Head of project management, described the facilities.
The Minister of Industry, Össur Skarphédinsson, and the Minister of Finance, Árni M. Mathiesen, turned on engine No. 6 at Fljótsdalur station by giving instructions thereto through teleconferencing equipment to Georg Þór Pálsson, station manager at Fljótsdalur station, and Árni Benediktsson, project manager of engine and electricity equipment. Guests at Hilton Hotel Nordica saw, on TV monitors, what went on in east Iceland; likewise, guests in Fljótsdal watched on TV monitors what was happening in Reykjavík.
Árni Mathiesen, Minister of Finance, and Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister of Industry,
give the order to start engine No. 6 in Fljótsdalur station and its linkage to the energy
network. Guðmundur Pétursson, project manager of the Kárahnjúkar power plant, looks on.