In 2013, Landsvirkjun operated 13 hydropower stations, 2 geothermal power stations and two wind turbines, in five areas of operation, all over Iceland. The 16th power station, the Búðarháls Hydropower Station, began operations in 2014. Landsvirkjun believes in an integrated approach where prudence, reliability and the harmony of operations with the environment and society, are fundamental to our operations.
The Company’s operations in 2013 are divided into five main divisions: the Energy Division, the Research and Development Division, the Project Planning and Construction Division, the Finance Division and the Marketing and Business Development Division, as well as services divisions such as Human Resources, IT and the Corporate Office.
Landsvirkjun’s Environmental Management System is defined in the following manner: Firstly, the Company’s operations are divided into electricity generation in five operational areas at the Company’s power stations; Blanda Station and Laxá Station, Fljótsdalur Station, the Mývatn area, the Sog area and the Þjórsá area. Secondly, other operations include the Energy Division, the Research and Development Division, the Project Planning and Construction Division and the Company’s offices in Reykjavík and Akureyri.
Landsvirkjun’s operations as defined for the Company’s environmental management system
Power stations and electricity generation
In 2013, Landsvirkjun operated 13 hydropower stations, 2 geothermal power stations and two wind turbines, in five areas of operation, all over Iceland. The 16th power station, the Búðarháls Hydropower Station, began operations in 2014.
Landsvirkjun’s total electricity generation in 2013 was 12,843 GWh, which is a 4% increase from the previous year. Landsvirkjun began operating two wind turbines in the Þjórsá area this year. These generate only a small percentage of Landsvirkjun’s energy and have a minimal effect on the percentage division of electrical energy sources: 96% from hydropower, 4% from geothermal power and 0.04% from wind energy. Landsvirkjun’s electricity generation in 2013 represented approx. 71% of Iceland’s total electricity generation.
Energy losses and Landsvirkjun’s own energy consumption was 131 GWh in 2013. A large percentage of this is due to the power stations’ own consumption. Detailed figures on Landsvirkjun’s electricity generation and energy losses throughout the year can be seen in the numerical data section.
Landsvirkjun’s areas of operation and the capacity of Landsvirkjun’s power stations