Power has returned following a breakdown that left South Iceland in the dark yesterday, RÚV reports. A breakdown at Rarik substation around noon left all of Hveragerði and large parts of Ölfus without power for most of the day.
Three diesel generators have since been installed in the area and are expected to ensure electricity for the area while the station undergoes repairs. Residents have been asked to minimise the use of power and in particular to switch off lights in the many greenhouses in the region.
The outage could have been dire for Hveragerði-based ice cream producer Kjörís, which just managed to get power back in time to save 150-200 pallets of product stored in their freezers. “It was a close call,” said Hafsteinn Davíðsson, a machinist at the company.