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Landsvirkjun in Iceland Announces New Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement with GMR

June 22, 2012


Landsvirkjun and GMR Endurvinnslan ehf. (Geothermal Metal Recycling - GMR) today announced that the companies have agreed on terms for a new power purchase agreement (PPA). Under this new contract, Landsvirkjun will provide clean, renewable energy to power a steel and scrap metal recycling plant  at the Grundartangi industrial area on Iceland's southwest coast. The power purchase agreement commits Landsvirkjun to provide GMR with up to 10 MW of power for a seven year period. In addition to recycling for export, the steel will be partially sourced and resold to and from Iceland´s substantial aluminum smelting industry, which accounts for about 2% of the world´s primary aluminum output. The recycling plant is currently under construction and is scheduled to begin operations in early 2013. The initial production output is expected to start at approximately 30.000 tons per year with the capacity to scale up to 100.000 tons per year.

“We are very pleased to announce our agreement with GMR today. The company represents a strong addition to our customer base and increases its diversity which is one of the key components of Landsvirkjun´s marketing strategy. It´s great to see increased value creation develop on the basis of Iceland´s current industry and aluminum production, which have been built over the past decades. GMR´s operation is also good for the environment since it enables efficient recycling using renewable energy,” said Hordur Arnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun.

Landsvirkjun, one of Europe's leading renewable energy companies, generates 75% of all electricity in Iceland and is the country's biggest electric generator. By signing this PPA, Landsvirkjun continues to reaffirm the competitive business environment in Iceland.

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From left from Landsvirkjun: Magnus Bjarnason, EVP Marketing and Business Development, Rikardur Rikardsson, Business Director, Hordur Arnarson, CEO and President, and Jon Sveinsson, General Counsel. From GMR: Eythor Arnalds, Chairman of Board and Arthur Gudmundsson, CEO.


About Landsvirkjun:

Landsvirkjun generates green renewable energy at competitive prices. The company is 100% owned by the Icelandic State and has over 45 years of experience generating electricity from hydro and geothermal power sources. Landsvirkjun is Iceland‘s largest generator of electricity, currently operating 15 renewable hydro- and geothermal power stations, and one of the ten largest renewable energy companies in Europe. Landsvirkjun´s mission is to maximize value creation from energy sources entrusted to the company in a sustainable and efficient manner.

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