Búrfell II - construction 2018
Extensive construction projects this year
Verkís was responsible for the design of the station and the conglomerate of Íslenskir Aðalverktakar, Marti Contractors and Marti Tunnelbau were responsible for construction.
Landsvirkjun was responsible for on-site project supervision, but Mannvit supervised construction work. Andritz Hydro produced the mechanical and electrical equipment and DSD-NOELL supplied the penstock and gate equipment.
As many as 240 employees from 20 different countries were involved in the work carried out on-site during the peak period of construction between 2016 and 2018.
Icelanders represent approx. 40% of the work force that has been involved in work on-site since construction began. Other nationalities include Lithuania, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. The main contractors were ÍAV-Marti (construction work), DSD Noell (penstock and gates), Andritz Hydro (electromechanical equipment), Efacec (transformers) and LS Cable (cables).
Timeline of construction at Búrfell II
Safety and the environment at the forefront of construction
Landsvirkjun is committed to following a zero accident policy in all its projects and safety has been at the forefront of construction work since the project began.
All employees attended safety and environment courses held by Landsvirkjun's health and safety and environmental representative on-site.
The environmental policy of the project was to minimise disruption to the environment and to monitor Landsvirkjun’s environmental footprint at the construction site. The area had been previously disturbed as a result of construction work on the original Búrfell Hydropower Station.
All structures, including the intake structure, are already part of Búrfell Hydropower Station I, as well as the road accessing the construction site. The entire site, including the work camps, concrete mixing station and workshops were also used for the construction of the original station. Tailrace canals had mostly already been excavated and the extracted materials were relocated to areas alongside the canal.
Valuable mineral materials such as soil and herb layers were reused and waste from the cafeteria, workshops and offices were sorted. Great care was taken to ensure that natural birch forests, settlement forests and cultural heritage sites remained undisturbed by demarcating the areas and receiving the necessary consultation.
Finishing work on site
The last phase of finishing work has been ongoing since operations began.
This work has now mostly been completed, but work will continue on land reclamation and environmental monitoring in the area, alongside operations. Work will also be completed on construction and work camp areas.
The aim is to return the site to a similar previous condition, prior to construction. Landsvirkjun takes pride in building stations in harmony with the landscape.
An overview of a work camp area, taken on September 5, 2018: Offices, canteens and dormitories. Healthcare was provided and nurses were on duty every day of the week during construction. Over 240 employees worked on site.