Landvirkjun’s projects are varied and call for open communication with its owners, clients and stakeholders across the country.
Environmental Monitoring of Geothermal Areas
Búrfell Wind Farm
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was completed this year for the Búrfell Wind Farm located in the Hafið area. The evaluation was published electronically as part of the Company’s new communication drive. Landsvirkjun has introduced this new mode of presentation to give stakeholders better access to its projects at the preparation stage in an easily accessible and visual format. The Company hopes that this will make it easier for the public to submit their questions and provide feedback on projects at an early stage which could lead to a better final design.
Wind energy is a new option in Iceland and the work carried out in connection with assessing the environmental impact of the project was therefore the first of its kind in the country.
The electronic presentation of the EIA made it possible to present the effects of the wind farm in a more visual manner than before by using videos, animation and interactive maps.
The website became live in October, 2015. The response to this new presentation form was positive and the public showed great interest. The webpage was nominated for the Icelandic SVEF Award in the public website category.
The feedback mainly focused on the extensive visual impacts on nearby tourist spots. Landsvirkjun therefore investigated the possibility of alternative options in defining the wind farm area in order to cater to these comments. The conclusion of this work has now been presented in the final EIA report and can be accessed here.