Hydroelectric Power



The provision of comprehensive consulting services on electricity generation forms a core area of EFLA operations, and hydroelectric power projects are one of the company‘s key specialities. For many years, Iceland has been a world leader in the use of hydropower as an renewable energy source, and since the company‘s inception, EFLA has played a key role in several of the country‘s largest projects, among them the Kárahnjúkar hydropower project.

Iceland‘s largest facility of its kind, Kárahnjúkar stands high in the country‘s eastern highlands in some of the world‘s toughest conditions and harshest climates. Begun in 2002, the plant became fully operational in 2008, with an installed capacity of 650 MW and a generating capacity of some 4,600 GWh/year.

Projects such as Kárahnjúkar and many others have served to place EFLA at the forefront of hydropower construction technology, and placed the company among the world leaders in this highly specialised and complex field of engineering.

EFLA services

  • Needs and options assessment
  • Feasibility studies
  • Conceptual design
  • Site investigations
  • Project design
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Preparation of tender documents, including FIDIC, NS and other Nordic terms and conditions
  • Rock-fill dams and geotechnical engineering
  • Tunnel construction and rock engineering
  • Supervision of tunnel construction, earthworks and structures
  • Turbine room design and other structures
  • 3D drawings, solids and surfaces
  • Renovation and rebuilding of existing hydropower plants
  • Electrical equipment design
  • Power transmission systems
  • Control systems, software, start-up and services
  • Systems consulting
  • Value engineering


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