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Existing hydroelectric power plants in Greenland

The Government of Greenland’s energy company, Nukissiorfiit, had passed on Greenland Technical Organisation's (GTO) obligation for urban and settlement supply to its main mission, and in 1993, Greenland’s first hydroelectric power plant stood ready to supply Nuuk with energy for power and heat.

The hydroelectric power plant at Buksefjord (Nuuk)

Buksefjord hydroelectric power plant was put into service in 1993, and is Greenland’s first hydroelectric power plant. The actual power plant is located 600 metres inside the mountain and there is a 14-km tunnel. The hydroelectric power plant supplies the capital Nuuk with electricity for both power supply and heating.

Today, Buksefjord plant’s three turbines produce an output of 45 MW = 45,000 kilowatts = 45 million watts.

The third turbine was installed in 2008, and led to the hydroelectric power plant being given an additional 15 MW, which increased the total production to 45 MW.

Buksefjorden

The hydroelectric power plant at Tasiilaq

The hydroelectric power plant at Tasiilaq was officially inaugurated in the spring of 2005. The hydroelectric power plant is located approximately 3 km northwest of the town and produces an output of 1.2 MW.

The hydroelectric power plant at Tasiilaq only supplies the town with electricity for power supply, since it does not have the capacity to also be used for heating purposes.

Tasiilaq

The hydroelectric power plant at Qorlortorsuaq

The Qorlortorsuaq hydroelectric power plant was put into service in 2007/08, and supplies the towns of Qaqortoq and Narsaq. Thus, the hydroelectric power plant at Qorlortorsuaq was the first hydroelectric power plant in Greenland to supply several towns.

The hydroelectric power plant’s two turbines produce a total power output of 7.2 MW and supplies the towns with electricity. Qaqortoq is supplied partly with electricity for heating purposes, but there is no capacity to also supply Narsaq with electricity for heating purposes.

Qorlortorsuaq

The hydroelectric power plant at Sisimiut

The hydroelectric power plant at Sisimiut was put into operation at the end of 2009, and has two turbines that together produce a maximum output of 15 MW. The hydroelectric power plant also supplies energy for heating purposes in Sisimiut. The power plant utilises Lake Tasersuaq and lies approximately 27 km northeast of the town.

Sisimiut

The hydroelectric power plant at Ilulissat
The hydroelectric power plant at Ilulissat was put into operation in 2012, and the hydroelectric power plant’s three turbines produce a total output of 22.5 MW.

Ilulissat