Sultartangi Power Station


Nýtir rennsli Tungnaár og Þjórsár en árnar sameinast í Sultartangalóni

Sultartanga­stífla er lengsta stífla á Íslandi, 6,1 km að lengd

2 x Francis turbines

The Sultartangi Station, located 15 km northeast of the Búrfell Station, was built at the end of the last century and came on-line in 1999. The Station utilises water from the River Tungnaá which has already driven the turbines of the Hrauneyjafoss and Sigalda stations on its way down from the highlands. It also utilises the River Thjórsá’s flow rate, as the two rivers are joined in the Sultartangalón Reservoir above the station. As a result, it is not as sensitive to fluctuations in water supply as many other stations are. In this regard it resembles the Búrfell Station.

The Sultartangi Dam is the longest in Iceland, 6.1 km in length. In conjunction with the construction of the power station, the dam crest was raised by 1 metre, increasing the reservoir’s surface area from 18 to 20 km2. A headrace tunnel (3.4 km) moves water from the reservoir through Sandafell Mountain to a surge basin on its southwestern side. At the end of the surge basin is the station intake, where two penstocks lead to the powerhouse. A tailrace canal, just over 7 km long, lies from the powerhouse at the foot of Sandafell Mountain and follows Thjórsá River almost all the way to the Búrfell Station Reservoir dam where it enters the Thjórsá riverbed.

Key numbers

  • Installed capacity

  • Francis turbines

  • Generation capacity

    0GWh /y
  • Total head

  • Brought online

  • Maximum flow