🇮🇸 NIB finances power upgrades in Iceland

Press release from the Nordic Investment Bank

December 14, 2023
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Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant II Photo: OR

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The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) signs a 10-year loan with Icelandic utility Orkuveita Reykjavíkur for the upgrading of a district heating network as well as maintenance of geothermal and hydro power generation facilities in Iceland.

The USD 100 million (EUR 91.05 million) loan will finance an investment programme in hydropower and geothermal power production and district heating. The investment period runs from 2023 until the end of 2027.

The hydropower and geothermal projects include rebuilding the Andakill hydropower dam, drilling new production wells, new steam chimneys, refurbishment of cooling towers at Hellisheiði and Nesjavellir.

The investments in district heating entail inter alia new pipelines to new residential areas and capacity increases in existing pipelines, research drilling in new areas for future district heating commissioning as well as increasing storage capacity.

Orkuveita Reykjavíkur does not expect significant adverse impacts on their infrastructure systems due to potential eruptions in the Reykjanes area.

In 2006, NIB provided a loan to Orkuveita Reykjavíkur to finance the construction of the Hellisheiði Power Plant. In 2020, the Bank signed another 15-year loan with the company to improve geothermal power production and electricity distribution networks in Iceland.

Orkuveita Reykjavíkur provides electricity, district heating, cold water, sewage and fibre-optic cable network to customers in Southwest Iceland. In the key segments of power and heating it serves over half of Iceland’s population. The group owns and operates three power plants, the Nesjavellir and Hellisheiði Geothermal Plants and the Andakílsárvirkjun hydroelectric station, with a combined capacity of 431 MW of electricity. Orkuveita Reykjavíkur is owned by Reykjavík municipality (93.54%), Akranes municipality (5.53%), and Borgarbyggð municipality (0.93%).

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

For further information, please contact

Kari Jaukkuri, Senior Banker, Public Sector & Utilities, at +358 10 618 0237, [email protected]

Arild Moen, Associate Director, Communications, at +358 10 618 0496, [email protected]


Originally published on 14 December by the Nordic Investment Bank.

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