Completed building the road over the lava

The work on adding to the pipeline has been going …

The work on adding to the pipeline has been going well. Photo/HS Orka

The work on the construction of a utility pipe by the Njarðvík pipeline was successful and safe last night. Road construction over the lava field has been completed and about half of the steel pipes that make up the pipeline have been welded together.

About 50 people worked on the project last night and today, new people are taking over.

This is stated in an announcement on HS Orka’s website. It states that all the connection equipment has been constructed successfully and that a part of it has already been installed at the northern end of the lava field.

The work is done at an unusual speed because of …

The work is done at an unusual speed because of the severity of the situation of massive hot water shortage in the area. Photo/HS Orka

The pipeline measures 500 metres and weighs 80 tons

It also states that all operations in HS Orka's power plants are stable.

“At the boiler room, a large production plan has been established that runs along a long road and boiler teams line up along the line. One-fifth of the steel pipes must be welded together and many welder teams must work on the job simultaneously.”

The pipeline will be about 500 meters long and weigh up to 80 tons.

The pipeline will be around 500 m long and it …

The pipeline will be around 500 m long and it will weigh up to 80 tons. Photo/HS Orka

Unusual speed

The conditions were quite difficult for welding, windy but still slightly warmer than in recent days.

It is stated that the speed of the implementation is unusual and it is unique to keep as many different task groups working simultanously.

“In this situation, it is essential to ensure the highest level of safety while making every effort to allow hot water to flow to the Njarðvík pipeline as soon as possible.”

Photo/HS Orka

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