Iceland Builds Wall to Protect Power Plant from Lava


Protective walls are being built around Svartsengi Power Plant. Photo: BBC

Icelandic authorities are building protective walls around the Svartsengi Power Plant, a geothermal power plant in the country's southwest, to protect it from possible lava flows caused by the expected volcanic eruption.

The power plant plays a key role in Icelandic society, as it supplies electricity and hot water to about 30,000 people. The protective walls are a preventive measure, with workers on the construction site 24 hours a day.

To fortify the entire plant would take about 30 days, explained Jón Thór Viglundsson, a spokesman for Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

He also stated that the Svartsengi Power Plant is a “massive infrastructure that we need to protect at all cost.”

The Icelandic Meteorological Office continues to warn the public of a “significant likelihood of a volcanic eruption in the coming days.”

Source: IceNews - Daily News