Bodendorf-Paal Storage Power Plant

VERBUND's power plant at Bodendorf-Paal is a storage power plant on the upper Mur river and situated southeast of the town of Bodendorf ob Murau in Styria.

Man in the kitchen

19,077 households

supplies the Bodendorf-Paal power plant

Conscious of the environment

64,833 fewer
tonnes of CO2*

No fish bypass

Construction of a fish bypass

is being planned


Certified in accordance with ISO14001

*Source: ENTSO-E Production 2017

The power plant was built between 1979 and 1982. Located between the Bodendorf power house and the reservoir in Bodendorf is a 9.2 kilometre-long headrace tunnel. On average, a Francis spiral turbine in the power house generates around 84 GWh of electricity annually.
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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 1982
Type Storage power plant
Country Austria
Region Styria
Waters Mur, Paalbach
Output 27 MW
Annual output 84,277 MWh
Turbine Francis
Connectivity Fish bypass is in the planning process
Environmental protection at VERBUND

Ecology & environmental protection

A fish bypass for the Bodendorf-Paal power plant is currently being planned. 

The entire plant group of the Styrian hydropower plants has been awarded the environmental certificate ISO 14001. The power plants on the rivers Mur and Enns not only fulfil the statutory requirements but also focus on high environmental standards and technical innovations. The goal is the efficient use of hydropower and the balance between economy and ecology. The effectiveness and benefit of the environmental management system are mainly the responsibility of our employees, who undergo constant training and development in this area.

Wherever ecologically valuable and technically feasible, VERBUND has set itself the goal of guaranteeing the continuity of flow for domestic fish and aquatic life at the locations of its hydropower plants. By 2025, VERBUND will invest 280 million euros on the implementation of fish bypasses and other ecological structural measures.


Our latest conservation projects
Turbines and generators: The Francis spiral turbine is equipped with 15 impeller blades and 20 guide blades, and has a diameter of 1.354 metres. At a nominal flow rate of 10 m³/sec., it achieves a nominal power output of 27,000 kW. The directly coupled three-phase synchronous generator has a nominal output of 31,000 kVA and a nominal voltage of 10.5 kV.

Transformers: A 31,000 kVA machine transformer is used to raise the generated energy from 10.5 kV to 110 kV, which is conducted via the 110 kV line from Bodendorf to the Teufenbach substation.