Þeistareykir –construction projects this year
Construction was completed this year
Landsvirkjun decided that all finishing work, both inside and out, was to be completed before the station became operational.
We were relieved to see that the powerhouse was ready for the winter ahead, with an effective snow melting system, asphalt and paving. Landscaping and sowing projects were completed in areas surrounding the well platforms and mines and grazing land was reclaimed to replace land that was lost during construction.
Turbine testing was completed in the first half of the year and trial operations continued into the autumn. The energy division took over the operation of the station on the 1st of October when the station began official operations. All equipment is fully functional and disruptions are few.
Finishing work was the main focus during the summer of 2018. Landscaping and finishing work have been completed in phases, alongside construction since the project began.
A long period of well executed preparation work
Preparation for the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station began decades ago when local residents took the initiative to utilise the area. However, the history of the Þeistareykir project itself dates back to 1999, when Þeistareykir ehf was established.
Northeastern Sustainability Initiative
A so-called sustainability project was launched alongside the development of the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station which aims to monitor the impact of construction and the operation of the power station on the development of social and economic factors in the local community.
This is a joint venture between Landsvirkjun and Landsnet as well as various companies, municipalities and other stakeholders, whose main objective is to scientifically assess these impacts and to use the information as a basis for the preparation and decision making process for comparable projects.
The project is run by the Húsavík Academic Center (HAC) and the initial results are already available. See the project's website for more information.
Artwork at Þeistareykir
Landsvirkjun decided to launch a contest for artwork in the vicinity of the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station, in collaboration with the Icelandic Design Center. Artists were asked to create a piece in harmony with the surroundings to add to the visitor‘s experience of the area
The architect Jón Grétar Ólafsson was awarded the first prize for his piece “Römmuð sýn” on the 9th of October, 2018. An exhibition of the four short-listed candidates was held at the Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Arts between the 10 and 14th of October. The pieces were also displayed at the museum in Húsavík from the 27th of October until the end of the year.
First station to be assessed according to the Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol (GSAP)
The Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station is the first station to be assessed according to the Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol (GSAP) which is being developed in cooperation with the National Energy Authority, Landsvirkjun, OR, HS Orka and the Environment Agency of Iceland.
The preparation stage for the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station has mostly been successful and in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
Of the 17 indicators evaluated, 11 received the highest achievable score or "proven best practice". The project is therefore considered exemplary in areas such as communication and consultation with stakeholders and the utilisation of the geothermal resource.
An emphasis on safety
Safety is a priority at Landsvirkjun, both in the operation of its facilities and in the construction of new power stations.
Landsvirkjun's policy is to achieve an accident-free workplace and positive work environment. Landsvirkjun works according to a so-called zero-accident policy, the basis of which is to develop a safety culture amongst employees and therefore actively prevent accidents.
An effective zero-accident policy is achieved by employee involvement in the workplace, adherence to the policy and putting individual safety and the safety of others first. All new on-site employees attend an HSE induction course. The course was attended by a total of 235 individuals in 2018. A total of 463 thousand work hours have been completed on the Þeistareykir project this year and a total of 1,045,000 work hours have been completed by contractors since construction began on the powerhouse.
Landsvirkjun takes all accidents, near accidents and incidents that occur in the workplace, very seriously. We are committed to managing and responding to suggestions and comments relating to safety and environmental issues. The objective is to improve work procedures, creating a safer environment for our employees and to respect the environment.