Task Force Recommends Geothermal Plant in Krýsuvík

Krýsuvík is a popular tourist destination.

Krýsuvík is a popular tourist destination. mbl.is/Árni Sæberg

Vala Hafstað

Building a geothermal power station in Krýsuvík is the most obvious choice to make in answer to a future shortage of hot water in the capital area, states Orri Björnsson, head of a task force appointed by the town of Hafnarfjörður to analyze potential utilization of the Krýsuvík area.

Krýsuvík is a geothermal area and a major magnet for tourists, located on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland.

The task force turned in its report recently, detailing several potential uses of the area, Morgunblaðið reports.

Orri Björnsson.

Orri Björnsson. Photo/Contributed

“We’ve been looking at the whole picture, and the main thing is the possibility of utilizing the hot water that’s available there,” Orri tells Morgunblaðið .

The report states that the feasibility of building a geothermal power plant must be analyzed, looking at the potential profitability of building a power station that would produce up to 100 MW of electricity and up to 300 MWth of hot water.

The task force emphasizes that before any such project were to be undertaken, residents would first have to be given a detailed presentation of its pros and cons. Building a power plant in Krýsuvík has long been a potential project. The power company HS Orka has obtained a research license in the area regarding possible power utilization.

In addition to pointing out the possibility of a geothermal station, the task force stresses the importance of improving facilities for tourists in the area, for example by Krýsuvíkurbjarg cliffs. That includes the need for an improved road, a parking lot and observation platform — even a restaurant near the platform.

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