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Article - 17/11/2020

Expansion Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant

Expansion of the heating plant of Hellisheidi geothermal heat & power plant to 190 MWth is completed. Mannvit was responsible for the overall Design, Project Management, tendering of contracts and materials, HAZOP analysis and Start-up tests and Commissioning. The cold water is pumped from a depth of 120 meters into heat exchangers that heat the water to 83-93°C as needed. It is then pumped 24 km to Reykjavik for domestic heating. The capacity is now 303 MWe + 190 MWth.
The new larger geothermal district heating system will promote a more sustainable use of the resource both in Reykjavik and Hellisheidi. 

The expansion was originally planned to take place in 2023, however, due to increase in the use of hot water in the capital area beyond forecasts, Reykjavik Energy’s ON decided to complete the project in 2020. Increased demand in the capital area of Reykjavik placed increased pressure on Veitur's (District heating company) geothermal water wells, located in Reykjavík and Mosfellsbaer, especially during peak hours and on cold days.

With the increased production capacity of hot water in the geothermal power plants, there is an opportunity to relieve the load on geothermal boreholes placed in Reykjavík and replace it with water from the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, 24 km outside of Reykjavik.

See more technical details on the expansion of the heating plant that is owned and operated by ON power.