Iceland utility convenes technical seminar on 690-MW Karahnjukar

Iceland utility Landsvirkjun is convening a technical seminar September 17-18 on the 690-MW Karahnjukar hydroelectric project, under construction in Fljotsdalur Valley of eastern Iceland.

The seminar, arranged by Landsvirkjun and the engineers and contractors involved in the project, will be held at Reykjavik’s Grand Hotel. It leads up to a full-day site visit September 19 for an estimated cost of 20,000 kronur (US$312).

Karahnjukar is the largest project in Iceland, featuring a 198-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam; more than 70 kilometers of tunneling, mostly by tunnel-boring machine; a gross head of 600 meters; 420-meter-tall vertical steel-lined shafts; and six high-head Francis turbines. (HNN 9/26/06)

Turbine 2 of the Fljotsdalur Valley power station was connected to the power grid August 28 as part of successful testing. Turbine 1 has been supplying power to the grid since it began operation in April. Similar testing will be carried out in coming weeks on Units 3-6, Landsvirkjun said.

A number of rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel. Delegates are requested to arrange for firm bookings directly with the Grand Hotel: E-mail:; Internet: The reference number is 463, Landsvirkjun, Karahnjukar.

The last day of registration is September 10. For information or confirmation of registration, contact Margret Oskarsdottir, (353) 862-4120; E-mail:; Internet:

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