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Open open, Thorverk invites you for a visit to the factory Friday December 13

Þrenns konar þang
Þrenns konar þang

The rockweed and kelp factory has changed a lot in recent years. Now we want to show you inside and present what we are up to. On December 13, Friday this week, there will be an open house. Come to see the new equipment, the new dryers, the storage room and the renovated kitchen. A rolling presentation will give you the opportunity of better understanding how we work safely towards our goal of excellent milled algal meal. Meet our friendly staff who can show you around. Welcome, coffee on the pitcher, soda for the kids and if the post delivers in spite of the snowstorm, a little surprise. Open between 13 and 17 o'clock.


Iceland Review writes about the uses of seaweed

Seashore
Seashore

A classic well illustrated magazine is published in English about Icelandic affairs. In one of the issues an article is about seaweed. Many new companies that use kelp, dulse and rockweed in various ways have been founded during this century. Thorverk is on one of the pictures, but otherwise they write about companies that sell macro-alge as food (dulse) and skin products. There is also an article about Keresis who uses collagen fibres from fish shkin to help healing difficult wounds and a salt cookery. Many of these companies have attchments to the Westfjords. 


Thorverk invited to give a speach on security and accident prevention

Ágústa giving her talk
Ágústa giving her talk

Thorverk was invited to give a presentation concerning safety on the insurance company's VIS annual conference on accident prevention. Thorverk's head of security and production, Águsta Ýr Sveinsdóttir gave a good introduction to the safety implementations, success and mistakes. Thorverk is gaining respect for its work on security management. 


A prestigious marine researcher and his assistant

Preparation for weighting biomass
Preparation for weighting biomass
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During 3 weeks of July the well know expert Glyn Sharp has been collecting macro-algae and weighing biomass on shores and islands. His goal is to learn more about the effects of harvesting on the biomass in Breidafjordur. Thorverk supplies boats and equipment for the short trips. His assistant is from NAVE, the Research Centre of the Wstfjords, Mrs Hafdís Sturlaugsdóttir. She claims that the research has taught her alot about the ecosystem of the fjord and the environment. Otherwise Hafdís is well know for her vegetation mapping in the Westfjrods. 


One more happy year

FMC recently sent Thorverk an appreciation for yet another year free of accidents. Sure enough, there have occurred mishaps and serious incidents but no recordable accidents occured in 2016. Now there are 4 certificates for safe annual operation. Many good suggestions for caution and safer operation have come from the employees. Many of these have been implemented and awareness is rising. Hip hip hurray.. !


The cable is crawling in

Aurora over Reykholar
Aurora over Reykholar

Thorverk is happy to state that the fibre cable is about to be connected to Thorverk. We celebrate this with a new website. It means that the web is becoming more stable. The fiber-cable will give the opportunity for more connection security higher speed and better contact to all sort of media. .. more, higher and better, sounds good..  


The geothermal wells tested

testing testing
testing testing
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While the industrial plant of Thorverk is undergoing renovation, the geothermal wells at Reykholar were put under a load test. It is the international goethermal research and consultancy ISOR that performs the tests. During the first two weeks of February the welltops were made ready with the insertion of pressure and flow meters as well as thermeters. 

As soon as the pressure in the pipes changes, vapour begins to  risefrom pipe new spots at Reykholar. Those are indications of small leakages in the system. All pipes were therefore mended and where it was neccesary new pipes and pressure meters were installed.  

Within a few weeks a report will be issued from ISOR concerning the geothermal conditions. 

 


Reflections from the school

Barely walking but ready to play safely outside
Barely walking but ready to play safely outside

 

Though the muncipality of Reykholar is one of the smallest in Iceland, only 275 inhabitants, the childern at school and kindergarten amount to around 60. They often go to the pool or play outside or wander around to look for things to study in the neighbourhood. Drivers therefore must be very careful and look out for these small citizens. Bjarni, Birna and Finnur from Thorverk therefore brought a neccesity to school the other day. Reflection wastecoats for all the children in kindergarten (age 1-5) the school pupils (6-15) and the teachers ( well.. 20->?). Now they all brighten up the neighbourhood during the dark days of winter.