Archive for 2009

View of the drill rig looking over the explosion crater Víti, which formed in an eruption 1724 AD. The Tyr drillrig can be seen in the background.


News release.



25 March 2009, at 21:40 Jardboranir Ltd drill rig Tyr started drilling into rocks again, at a depth of 796.7 m, relative to Tyr’s platform (7.8 m above surface). The photo shows a view from the AD 1724 Víti explosive crater (since the Myvatn Fires), some 0.5 km across towards the drill rig. The Leirhnukur fumarole field is seen in the background as well as craters from the 1975-1984 eruptive fissure of the Krafla Fires, some 1.5 km west of the rig. Daily news from the drill site are provided at:

The “kickoff meeting” at the Orkugarður auditorium in Reykjavik was held two weeks before a rig is to be activated at the Krafla geothermal field in NE Iceland to resume drilling the IDDP-1 exploratory/research well. Drilling and casing to 800 m occurred in December 2008. Drilling to 4500m depth should take a further 115 days. The workshop reviewed the planning for drilling and testing this well, and integration of the drilling and activities on site, including downhole logging and experiments, and sampling of rocks and fluids, including coring. The more than 40 attendees were mostly members of the three advisory panels, Drilling Technology, Geosciences, and Fluid Handling and Evaluation, together with the downhole logging group (ISOR and HITI), Deep Vision (the steering committee), and SAGA (the advisory committee). The agenda and a list of attendees of the workshop are attached to this report. After a day of presentations by representatives of these groups, and a half day of discussions, a number of items were discussed that could require further review or action, that are listed in this report. Overall, however, the review of the comprehensive plans presented was very positive: there were no “show-stoppers” identified.
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