Hellisheidi geothermal plant starts experimental H2S reinjection

Well heads at Hellisheidi power plant of Reykjavik Energy (source: flickr/thinkgeonergy, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 2 Apr 2014

A new experimental project at the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant is now starting to pump hydrogen sulphide extracted from the geothermal steam of the plant operation in an effort to clean its operations.

Reported today from Iceland, the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Iceland is the location of a new experimental treatment. Over the next few days the plant will be pumping hydrogen Sulphide which has been extracted from the exhaust of the geothermal operations.

This is an experimental operation that could create seismic events. Reykjavik Energy has built a treatment plant that will extract hydrogen sulphide from the steam output of one of the six units of the Hellisheidi power plant.

This is a research and development project that aims to lower the odor pollution from the plant in an environmental and economically feasible way, according to the company.

The treatment project builds upon the results of scientific research that have been conducted around the operations of the plant since 2007.

If everything goes according to plan, then the company plans to expand its operations. It will though operate the treatment plant for 12 months before making any decision on future

The company has also been working on a research project that plans to reinject CO2 emission, in its CarbFix project.

Source: Morgunbladid