Mannvit and Verkís Contracted to Design Two New Geothermal Plants in Northeast Iceland

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Earlier this month, Landsvirkjun and Þeistareykir ehf. signed a contract with the engineering companies Mannvit and Verkís for design and consulting services for two new geothermal power plants in Northeast Iceland.

The decision to start construction on these new geothermal power plants in Northeast Iceland is a cause for celebration and we are immensely proud to have been chosen to engineer these important projects.

Earlier this month, Landsvirkjun (Iceland’s national energy company) and Þeistareykir ehf. (A joint-owned municipal development company) signed a contract with the engineering companies Mannvit and Verkís for design and consulting services for two new geothermal power plants in Bjarnarflag and Þeistareykir. The total contract value is approximately $25 million USD (2.9 billion Icelandic kronur).

“The decision to start construction on these new geothermal power plants in Northeast Iceland is a cause for celebration and we are immensely proud to have been chosen to engineer these important projects. The contract includes preliminary design, preparation of tender documents and project design for a 90 MW power plant in Bjarnarflag and a 90 MW power plant in Þeistareykir, as well as supervision assistance for mechanical and electrical equipment installation,” says Eyjólfur Árni Rafnsson, Mannvit CEO, who signed the contract alongside Sveinn I. Ólafsson, CEO of Verkís.

Next steps for these projects include an immediate review of prerequisites and preliminary design. Full project design will start in early 2012.

It is expected that construction of phase 1 (45 MW) of the Bjarnaflag geothermal power plant (Bjarnarflagsvirkjun) will commence as early as next summer, with start-up at the end of 2014. Construction of the Þeistareykir power plant (Þeistareykjavirkjun) is expected to start in late 2012, with start-up of phase 1 (45 MW) around mid-year of 2015; phase 2 start-up (45 MW) is planned for late 2015. At its peak, this project will involve approximately 60 specialists from Mannvit and Verkís.

Over the last 10 years, Landsvirkjun and Þeistareykir ehf., have invested over $100 million USD (12 billion Icelandic kronur) on researching geothermal areas in Northeast Iceland, and thus have built an immense database in preparation for these geothermal power plants.

Due to increased demand from energy buyers in the area, final preparations and research for these projects was expedited. Landsvirkjun is currently in discussions with five possible energy buyers. Environmental Impact Assessments for a 90 MW power plant in Bjarnarflag and a 200 MW power plant in Þeistareykir are completed and steam for 45 MW has been procured in each location.

About Mannvit
Mannvit, headquartered in Iceland, is a leader in geothermal energy and hydroelectric power, with over four decades of experience in all phases of the development of power plants. The company offers services and solutions for geothermal energy and hydroelectric power development to projects all over the world.

SOURCE: Mannvit

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