Initial Environmental Impact Statement (IEIS)
The IEIS was prepared in consultation with the relevant official bodies and other parties as needed.
The Committee for the Interior and the Prime Minister's Office were consulted for an exploration and utilisation license for public land. As a result, the Prime Minister’s Office has issued an exploration license. The relevant municipalities were also consulted with regard to planning and licensing issues. Landsvirkjun has been issued an ‘exploration and utilisation license within public land’ by the Rangárþing ytra and Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur Municipalities. The Ásahreppur Municipality has issued an exploration license.
Meetings were held with the Icelandic Transport Authority and ISAVIA (the Icelandic airport operator and air navigation services provider) regarding aviation obstruction lighting matters.
Landsvirkjun consulted the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland (PTA) about the potential effects of the proposed wind farm on fixed communication signals in areas surrounding the site.
Landsvirkjun consulted Landsnet about the connection of the proposed Búrfell Wind Farm to the electricity transmission network.
The Icelandic National Planning Agency advertised Landsvirkjun’s IEIS for the Búrfell Wind Farm on October 14th, 2015. The relevant consultation bodies were asked to return their opinions by November 5th, 2015, and the public was asked to return theirs by the 26th of November, 2015. The IEIS was accessible on the National Planning Agency’s website (www.skipulagsstofnun.is, www.burfellslundur.landsvirkjun.is) for the duration of the consultation period and was also made available at the Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur, Rangárþing ytra and Icelandic National Planning Agency offices for a period of six weeks. Electronic reports were made accessible through two specially equipped stands in Árnes and Miðjan at Hella.
The IEIS was presented to the local authorities of Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur and Rangárþing ytra.
The IEIS was presented at three open, local residents meetings. The first meeting was held at Árnes in the Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur Municipality on the 22nd of October, which twenty people attended. The second meeting was held at the Stracta Hotel in Hella on the 27th of October, which over forty people attended. The third open meeting was held at Nauthóll in Reykjavík on the 30th of October and was attended by over one hundred people.
The consultation parties were offered a presentation of the results of the EIA. Individual meetings were arranged with the Icelandic Tourist Board, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Icelandic Environment Association.
This electronic version of the report was an addition to the aforementioned process and was developed with acknowledgement of the Icelandic National Planning Agency. The electronic version offers easier public access to research data in layman's terms and utilises technology to create a better visual of the project.
Environmental Impact Statement
Proposal 3 is presented in the EIS to accommodate the opinions and comments received about the project. The capacity of the wind turbines has also been changed from 2.5 – 3.5 MW to 3.0 – 3.5 MW. This alteration subsequently impacts the number of wind turbines to be installed, which now ranges from 58-67 turbines instead of the initial projection of 58-80 turbines.