Hvalá Power Plant

Drangajökull Wilderness

- Hvalá Power Plant

A proposed power plant in Hvalá in Ófeigsfjörđur fjord has been under consideration for a long time. It is one of the most controversial proposed power plants in Phase 2 of the Master Plan for Hydro and Geothermal Energy Resources, because of how much unspoilt nature will be sacrificed in its construction. The proposed power plant should much rather have been placed in the awaiting further assessment category because there was a lack of sufficient information available when Phase 2 of the Master Plan was approved. In 2017 the National Planning Agency stated that the environmental impact of the proposed power plant was very unfavourable. A power plant would have a significant negative impact on lakes, waterfalls and the wilderness protected under the Nature Conservation Act.

Photo © Tómas Guđbjartsson

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