Iceland utility awards contracts for 690-MW Karahnjukar

Iceland national utility Landsvirkjun has awarded a series of contracts for work on its giant 690-MW Karahnjukar hydroelectric project in Fljotsdalur Valley of eastern Iceland.

Hraun JV, a joint venture of Linuhonnun hf, Verkfraedistofa Austurlands ehf, and Mott MacDonald Ltd., received a 300.9 million kronur (US$4.1 million) contract in April for contract KAR-67: supervision of construction of Ufsarstifla Dam and Hraunaveita (or Hraun) diversion.

Montavar metalna nova d.o.o. received a contract in May worth 10.1 million kronur (US$138,185) and 4.6 million euros (US$5.8 million) for contract KAR-35: gate equipment for the Jokulsa Diversion, including Ufsarlon bottom outlet, Keldua tunnel, and Grjota bottom outlet.

Arnarfell received three contracts in April for dam and tunnel work:
o KAR-22, 949.4 million kronur (US$13.5 million), construction of Ufsarstifla Dam, spillway, canal, and concrete structure for gate equipment;
o KAR-23, 1.096 billion kronur (US$15 million), construction of Hraun diversion, dams, and canals; and
o KAR-24, 772.4 million kronur (US$10.5 million), construction of additional diversion tunnels and canals for Hraun diversion.

Heradsverk ehf received a contract worth 85 million kronur (US$1.16 million) for contract KAR-04J, construction of 18 kilometers of gravel road and 13 kilometers of trenches along the project’s Halslon Reservoir.

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson laid the cornerstone May 12 of Karahnjukar power plant, which officially was named Fljotsdalur station.

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