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Article - 12/10/2017

Arctic Circle 2017 - Ilulissat Hydro Development

Arctic Circle takes place in Harpa, Concert and conference Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland October 13th - 15th 2017. The agenda for Arctic Circle is available at The speakers will be over 600 in over 135 sessions. Over 2000 participants from more than 50 countries will attend the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly.

Svend Hardenberg, Director of Mannvit Greenland will be presenting at 11:20 in Björtuloft room in Harpa to talk about the effects of the Ilulissat hydropower plant on the local economy and financing. In addition, Landsvirkjun Power, ISTAK, EFLA, Verkís and Mannvit have organized a plenary session on Sunday between 14-15:10 named "Developing a society under extreme weather conditions - The Icelandic Example".

Here is the agenda for the Breakout sessions at Arctic Circle 2017 including the Ilulissat session:

"Ilulissat – Infrastructure as a Start Point For Further Growth"

Organized by Landsvirkjun Power, ISTAK, EFLA, Verkís & Mannvit

Saturday, October 14, 11:20 - 12:20. Location: Björtuloft, Fifth Level 

  • Þorvaldur Guðjónsson, ISTAK: The Ilulissat hydropower plant planning and construction history: Implementation of a Hydropower Plant Under Extreme Arctic Conditions
  • Svend Hardenberg, Director, Mannvit Greenland: Challenges of Switching to Local Green Energy in a Small Isolated Community: Impact of The Implementation of Hydropower For Local People and Local Industry Such as Fisheries and Tourism
  • Svend Hardenberg, Director, Mannvit Greenland: First-hand experience: How the Implementation of the Ilulissat Hydropower Plant Impacted the Local Community With Increased Tourism
  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center; former Minister of Industry and Commerce of Iceland:Looking further – How to Create the Conditions For Sustainable Development of Such Societies?: Infrastructures and Legal Framework Required to Create Sustainable Conditions for Development, Fisheries, and Other Industries


"Developing a society under extreme weather conditions - The Icelandic examples"

Organized by Landsvirkjun Power, EFLA, Verkís & Mannvit

Sunday, October 15, 14:30 – 15:10.

  • Guðni A Jóhanneson, Director General, Orkustofnun: A History of Icelandic Infrastructure Development
  • Guðmundur Pétursson, Senior Project Manager, Landsvirkjun: Building up Knowledge in a Small Society: The Hydropower Example
  • Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director of Operations, RARIK: Operating Energy Facilities/Utilities in Harsh Weather Conditions
  • Chair: Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center; former Minister of Industry and Commerce of Iceland


 One of the speakers at the Assembly was Ségoléne Royal, Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles of France.