PMC launched for turbine-generator units for Hvammur in Iceland

Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s state power producer, invites interested parties with relevant experience to participate in a Preliminary Market Consultation (PMC) process for the development of the 95 MW Hvammur hydropower plant. The PMC is designed to prepare the procurement and inform bidders of procurement plans and requirements for turbine-generator units for Hvammur HEP (contract HVM-30 Generating Units) and to invite interested participants to submit Expressions of Interest, and to obtain relevant technical information.

The contract includes the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the turbine-generator units, including turbines, governors, generators, excitation and other basic unit control and auxiliaries such as cooling systems, air/oil coolers as necessary, generator brake air supply etc, according to a tender notice published on 9 March on the EU’s procurement website TED. As a PMC, Landsvirkjun does not commit to undertake any procurement process and/or award any contracts(s) in this procedure.

Hvammur, which is planned on the Thjorsa river in southern Iceland, about 120 km east of the capital Reykjavik, is the uppermost of three planned plants in the lower reach of the river. The initial design, which was updated between 2015 and 2017, foresaw the installation of two fish friendly 46.5 MW vertical shaft Kaplan units, each with a rated flow of 176 m3/s and a generator output of 57 MVA, which will operate under a gross head of 32 m. Landsvirkjun has since studied the feasibility of using one Francis turbine as an alternative to initial plans for two Kaplan units. The project is also designed to comprise a dam impounding a reservoir with a storage capacity of 13.2 x 106 m3 or 13.2 GL, a headrace tunnel with a length of 140 m and a width and height of 6.6-7 m, and two 191 m-long penstocks, with diameters of 6.8 m, and a tailrace canal with a length of 2000 m.

The procurement documents are available at: For further information, contact: Procurement Department, Landsvirkjun, Haaleitisbraut 68, Reykjavik; E-mail:; Tel.: +354 5 159 000; Fax: +354 5 159 006.