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The distribution system of HS Veitur hf reaches all municipalities, including Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal. The company handles all energy needs in Suðurnes, both electrical and heating distribution needs; in addition the company handles fresh water distribution in Reykjanesbær, Garður and Leifur Eríksson Air Terminal.

Electrical distribution
HS Veitur hf distributes electrical energy almost entirely by cables in the earth, thus the distribution system is not very visible, except for a few distribution centers and some street electrical boxes. Such infrastructure negates the effect weather has on distribution, thus ensuring delivery that is of the highest quality. HS Veitur hf distributes 33kV, 12 kV and 400 voltage.

Heat distribution
The distribution pipes from Svartsengi and collector arterial pipes have been laid down above ground and are isolated with mineral wool, as well as being covered with aluminum plating. All other pipes are subterrean, far from the town limits and thus not a blemish on the surrounding environment. The temperature of the water from the power plant is different, depending on where it is going.

The water that goes to Grindavík has a temperature around 83°C, and is kept around 80°C near the town. The water that goes to the pumping station at Fitjum leaves the power plants at a temperature around 105°C to 120°C, which is later blended with recirculated water from the airport in a pumping station at Fitjum, then sent to Hitaveita Suðurnesja users at temperature of 83°C. Generally, our users handle water down to 35°C to 40°C; then the water flows to ocean through the sewers of the municipalities. The distribution systems, around the municipalities, are less complex than the one used on the airport, which has its recirculated water turned back to the pumping station.

The fresh water use in Gjá and in other places for the plant is enormous, being around 1.200 tons per hour or 330 liters per second; the water consumption for water utilities is around 700 tons per hour (190 liters per second). However, there is no danger of a water shortage, as the average rate of rainfall, surrounding 10-15 square kilometers is enough to supply the water needs of the plant. For example, in comparison the whole Reykjanes peninsula is around 580 square kilometers.

Fresh water distribuition
HS Veitur hf handles all fresh water distribution in the municipalities of Suðurnes. The company also handles fresh water procurement of fresh water for other municipalities, although it does not handle the distribution for them, as seen in the picture below.

 

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