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Preparation measures at the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station this summer

16. June 2014

Preparation measures for the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station will continue this summer. The construction of facilities within the power station site will continue including groundwork on the powerhouse foundation and water utilities.

The main projects this summer will include finishing work on the power station road from Húsavík into Þeistareykir. The road borders will be re-vegetated and other vegetation will be planted within and around the construction site. A comprehensive re-vegetation plan has been developed and will be the basis for projects carried out in the area this summer.

Landsvirkjun released tenders for the groundwork at the powerhouse site and the installation of water utilities at the power station. The tenders were released in mid- April. Subsequently, a contract was signed with the company G. Hjálmarsson ehf (for groundwork) and with Þ.S Contractors in Egilsstaðir (for water utilities). The work period for both contracts is from the 1st of January to the 30th of September.

Tenders were also released for research drilling in the north of Iceland, to be carried out in 2014. Two bids were made and a contract was signed with the Ræktunarsamband Flóa & Skeiða for the drilling of smaller wells and another contract was signed with the company Jarðboranir for the drilling of larger wells. The work period for both contracts is from the 1st of January to the 30th of September.

Landsvirkjun has been involved in the further development of geothermal utilisation in the northeast of Iceland, in keeping with the Company’s Policy on the responsible utilisation of renewable energy resources and the main focus has been on Þeistareykir. Extensive research and monitoring has been carried out in the area since research drilling began in 2002. All preparation measures are in accordance with the ruling on the EIA, released by the Icelandic National Planning Agency in October, 2010.

Landsvirkjun has been involved in preparation measures for the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power project for the last few years including diverse research, drilling for steam and the construction of access roads to the project site. Þeistareykir already harnesses enough steam to generate the equivalent of 50MW of electrical energy.

The tender design for the power station has been developed concurrently and has now been completed. The National Energy Authority released a power production licence for a 100 MW geothermal station as well as utilisation licences for the geothermal resource and groundwater in Þeistareykir on the 28th of March, 2014. The Þingeyjarsveit Council released a building permit for the power station and connected structures on the 30th of April. All preparation work is executed with the aim of beginning work on the project on short notice.

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