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Fire in Iceland's largest geothermal power plant, Hellisheiðarvirkjun

By Staff

  • Hellisheiði Power Plant The plant supplies Reykjavík with a significant portion of its electricity and hot water. Photo/Jóhann K Jóhansson

Two of the seven turbines which produce electricity at the Hellisheiði Power Plant are out of service after a fire broke out in the power plant. Hellisheiði power plant is the largest geothermal power plant in Iceland, and the third largest world-wide. The power plant, which is located in the foothills of mount Hengill, by the Ring Road leading from Reykjavík to South Iceland, produces electricity and hot water for the Metropolitan district heating utility

Fire engines from all nearby towns were sent to the power plant at noon after a fire broke out in the main station house. Two of the seven turbines at the station short circuited when the fire broke out, as well as one pump which supplies the Capital Region with 10% of its hot water. The extent of the damage is not yet clear, nor when the station can return back to full capacity.

Nobody was in danger and the station was evacuated immediately when the fire was detected. 


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