500 m short of connecting the two walls

Trucks driving in the area.

Trucks driving in the area. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

Only about 500 metres are needed to connect the two defense walls around Svartsengi.

One of them lies parallel to the Sundhnúkar crater row and Hagafell, east of Mt. Þorbjörn, and has grown to a length of about 1,400 meters.

The other wall, which runs from Sýlingarfell to Mt. Þorbjörn around the Svartsengi power plant and the Blue Lagoon, is now about 3,800 meters long, according to Arnar Smári Þorvarðarson, a construction engineer at Verkís.

A journalist and a photographer from mbl.is were in the area today to observe the project.

The defence wall, parallel to the Sundhnúkar crater row and …

The defence wall, parallel to the Sundhnúkar crater row and Hagafell, east of Mt. Þorbjörn, is now about 1,400 meters. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

Completed the first phase in most places

In most places, the defensive walls have reached the first phase in height above the top point in the landscape, or three metres, and are being widened to reach the second stage, or by five metres.

About 20 to 30 trucks of different sizes have been used for the project, along with excavators and bulldozers.

According to Þorvarðarson, the project was interrupted in the area where Landsnet erected a new mast today by the defence wall.

As a result, the power plant in Svartsengi has been disconnected from the company's transmission system. Overall the project for the defense walls is going well, he added.

mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

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