The most extensive year of development so far
Construction on-site continued throughout 2016. The main construction projects included the continued construction of the powerhouse and installation of the steam supply system, as well as drilling work which began in the spring. Work was carried out on the design and manufacture of electrical and mechanical equipment, parts of which arrived on-site at the end of the year. There were 240 employees working on-site at the peak of construction which marks the most extensive year of on-site construction work, so far.
7400 m3 of concrete used to construct the powerhouse
Work continued on the construction of the powerhouse in 2016, including large-scale projects such as concrete work on the turbine halls and outdoor cladding as well as work on the ventilation system, electrics and plumbing. Construction on the powerhouse is expected to reach completion in the first quarter of 2017.
Total length of steam pipeline approx. 6 km
Metal welding work was carried out at the beginning of 2016. The welding work was completed in Húsavík and the welded pipes were then transported to the site. Improved weather conditions in the spring meant that work could go ahead on laying and insulating pipelines as well as installing other equipment. Ongoing favourable weather conditions allowed work to continue until the Christmas period. A milestone was reached on the 20th of December when the first phase of the steam supply system was pressure tested and began operations. Work on the steam supply system is expected to reach completion in the autumn of 2017.
An agreement was signed with IDC at the beginning of 2016 for drilling work on anything up to 10 production wells. Drilling began at the end of April. Four wells were drilled and well testing has begun on two of these to evaluate their performance; the results are so far promising. Drilling will continue in 2017 to supply steam for the second phase of the project.
Turbines from Japan to Þeistareykir
Work continued on the design and manufacture of mechanical equipment throughout the year. Work began on the installation of the first cooling tower in May and was completed by October. A major milestone was reached when the first machine set arrived in Iceland which consists of a generator, turbine and condenser, as well as other smaller equipment. The machine set was transported to Þeistareykir in December and the total weight of the equipment was 197 tonnes (220 tonnes including the towing equipment). This is one of the heaviest loads carried on Iceland’s road network. Installation work commenced in early 2017.
Icelandic electrical solutions and labour
Work on the design of the control system began in early 2016 and was carried out by ABB contractors. The year was mostly spent on the design and programming of equipment which was then tested at the end of the year in Akureyri. The control system was tested extensively and every attempt was made to simulate actual, on-site operations.
Work on the design of the station’s infrastructure, i.e. electrical equipment began at the beginning of 2016 and was carried out by Rafeyri contractors. Work continued on the design and manufacture of mechanical equipment throughout the year including 11 kV distribution panels and 400 V electrical cabinets. Developers began preparation work on-site in the autumn and equipment was delivered to the site in December. The equipment will be connected in the first part of 2017.
A conversation with society
Many measures were taken in 2016 to inform the public about the project and its progress. A promotional video for environmental monitoring was released in January, a newsletter was published in March and an information pamphlet on the project was released in July and made available on the Company website. An open house was held in early July and the cornerstone was laid for the station in September. The progress of the project was also updated on the project website and a number of interested parties visited us on-site. Numerous smaller meetings were held with the various stakeholders in the area. The emphasis on dialogue and consultation will continue.
An open house was held at Þeistareykir on the 3rd of July and up to 300 guests attended. Visitors were invited to view the station and site and a brief presentation was given on the status of the project as well as a tour of the area. Guests were offered refreshments and an opportunity to chat with staff about the project. Landsvirkjun plans to hold another open house in 2017. We would like to thank all those who attended and welcome them to visit us next summer.
Cornerstone laid at the powerhouse
The President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, laid the cornerstone on the 23rd of September at the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station. A large crowd attended the ceremony which took place in the powerhouse. The President, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Jonas Thor Gudmundsson, Chairman of the Board at Landsvirkjun, Hörður Arnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun, Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Valur Knútsson, the Project Manager at the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station all addressed the audience. Hildur Ríkharðsdóttir, Project Manager and Einar Erlingsson, Site Engineer helped the president lay the cornerstone.