11. September 2012


At this moment hard work is put into positioning two penstocks which will serve Búðarhálsvirkjun.

The project, that IAV is the main contractor of, consists of: designing, construction, sandblasting, painting and installation of the two penstocks for Búðarhálsvirkjun.

The penstock pipes are each 5.8 meters in diameter and 50 meters in length. The wall thickness of the pipes is 20-22 mm and 560 tons of steel will be used. The pipes are produced in 3-meter tubes, which consist of 6 meter units transferred from the work bays to construction site. The tubes will be 48 and each weighing 18-23 tons. The units are lifted down from the intake structure and down to special made trolley that moves them into place. The trolley is also used positioning the tubes before being fastened down on inserted platforms.

Design work on the project began in October 2011 and pipe construction in January 2012. The first pipes were installed on project site in May. This work has largely been carried out by subcontractors. Verkís Consulting Engineers designed the pipes along with Montavars. Teknis ehf are responsible for the construction and installation of pipes, Verkvík / Sandtak ehf. the sandblasting and painting of the pipe interior after installation. Rittmeyer is responsible for the construction and installation of the flow meters.

Estimated project conclusion is in June 2013, number of employees are 29.

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