Iceland Drilling hands over extensive drilling report collection


Posted On: February 26, 2021

Iceland Drilling hands over extensive drilling report collection

Today, Iceland Drilling Company (Jarðboranir hf.) handed over its extensive drilling report collection to the National Energy Authority for the purpose of filing and preservation.

The collection has grown rapidly, largely bound in high-quality directories, and its contents go back to the beginning of [geothermal] well registration in Iceland in the first half of the last century. The collection is mainly divided into two parts, i.e. from the beginning to 1986 when Iceland Drilling was separated from the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun) and then the drill reports of Iceland Drilling until the year 2005. 

As an example of the scope, it can be mentioned that the reports from the aforementioned time and related information fill five pallets.

The aim is to record and scan the contents of the drill report collection and make it available over time in a web solution, as well as other historical data that the National Energy Authority has been publishing recently on the Internet. 

The content of the collection that is now being received by the National Energy Authority is a welcome addition to the information available at the agency on boreholes in the country. The most well-known database of the institute is without a doubt the “Borehole Register”, which contains information on over 14,000 boreholes in this country, drilled since 1904.

Selected information from the register has been presented on the National Energy Authority’s website and in Kortasjá OS , where it is possible to view the location of the boreholes that have been recorded with location coordinates, in addition to which you can see older reports, photographs and research data on many older boreholes.

The report collection from Iceland Drilling will make it possible to significantly fill in this picture with a lot of additional material that will be useful to many parties in many areas of society. 

The museum will be preserved for the time being in the National Energy Authority’s premises at Grensásvegur 9 in Reykjavík, but the aim is to place it later in the National Archives of Iceland.

Access to information from the National Energy Authority’s borehole register in the institution’s map viewer:

Search page for information from the National Energy Authority’s borehole register on the institution’s website:

Source: Orkustofnun/ National Energy Authority