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Power cut in Grindavík

05.03.2021 - 15:41
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 Mynd: Grímur Jón Sigurðsson - RÚV
The electricity supply in Grindavík stopped earlier this afternoon when the Svartsengi power station went offline. The Blue Lagoon is also without power at the time of writing.

According to information from HS Orka, the power cut is not caused by the earthquake swarm in the area.

A statement on social media says:

"The HS Orka power station at Svartsengi cut out a short while ago and diagnosis is underway. Hopefully power will be restored shortly."

The power supply on most of the Reykjanes peninsula is part of the national grid, but the town of Grindavík is connected directly to Svartsengi instead.

Fannar Jónasson, mayor of Grindavík told RÚV this afternoon that the power cut appears to have been caused by a malfunction in high-voltage connectors at Svartsengi and is entirely unconnected to the earthquakes. Repairs are underway, he says, adding that it is not yet clear how long work will take.

Engineers suspected the quakes could have triggered a safety cut-off at the plant, but now consider that unlikely, Fannar says.

With this situation so uncertain right now, this cannot be considered helpful?

"This is of  course uncomfortable and some will be wondering if some serious event caused it, but that is not the case. It cannot be denied, though, that it's bad timing for this now," Fannar says.

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Alexander Elliott
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