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25. January 2008

Electrical lines laid under rivers and roads

In mid-September Iceland Prime Contractor began preparing to lay 132kV electrical wires for Reykjavík Energy (Orkuveita Reykjavíkur, abbr. OR). The lines will be a total of approximately 10.2 km long and will lie between the substations at Korpa and Borgartún Street. Electronic communications lines will be laid at the same time. The work is progressing well, and the Company has already completed drilling and laying lines beneath six streets and the Ellidaár river. Excavation will begin early in 2008, and in mid-April OR will begin laying cables.

IPC is handling all administration and groundwork for the project, including excavation of loose and fixed materials. The contracting firm Ræktunarsamband Flóa og Skeida acted as subcontractor for the drilling of exploratory wells, which yielded information that proved valuable in determining how the electrical lines should be laid beneath the riverbed. Three exploratory wells, each 10-20 metres deep, were dug near the Ellidaár river. Línuborun ehf. will act as subcontractor for the directional drilling and the laying of pull-through casings beneath the riverbed and traffic structures. It is expected that drilling will take place in nineteen locations beneath traffic structures, in addition to the drilling beneath the river. This is the first time that bedrock drilling is carried out beneath a riverbed in Iceland. OR will lay the electrical and electronic communications lines and connect them.

Roughly twenty employees will work on the project, which is expected to take about thirteen months and is scheduled for delivery on 31 October 2008.

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