Gries project on the Salzach River

The Gries run-of-river power plant was completed in 2019 as a joint venture project on the Salzach river in the municipality of Gries im Pinzgau.

Man in the kitchen

9,545 households

will supply the Gries power plant

environmentally friendly

31,886 avoided
tonnes of CO2*


Fish bypass

The fish will also migrate further along the Salzach thanks to the fish bypass


The Gries run of river plant - In harmony with nature

Surrounded by high mountains and popular skiing regions such as Kaprun, Zell am See and the Rauriser Hochalmbahnen, winter tourism isn’t the only life in the Pinzgau region. In summer, too, many tourists make their way to these impressive mountains for their holidays. To ensure a tourism industry in harmony with nature, sustainable energy production is also a must. The hydropower plant in Gries will make an important contribution to this. 

The natural gradient of the Salzach at Gries makes it the ideal location for the run of river plant. The power plant can be constructed here in a way that takes particular care of the river’s ecology. The project partners VERBUND and Salzburg AG are working with the renowned Salzburg Institute for Ecology during the planning phase. The impact on nature will be kept as low as possible during the construction phase.

*Source: ENTSO-E Production 2017

Guests of honour cut a ribbon and declare the Gries power plant open

Gries power plant opened

Hydropower is the stable foundation of local, renewable electricity generation. The new joint venture power plant of VERBUND and Salzburg AG on the Salzach in Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße, Gries district, is capable of supplying 10,000 households with electricity. It thus makes an important contribution to achieving climate and energy targets.
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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH, Salzburg AG
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 2019
Type Run-of-river power plant
Country Austria
Region Salzburg
Waters Salzach
Output 09 MW
Annual output 42,000 MWh
Turbine Kaplan
Connectivity Fish bypass under construction
Fish bypass

The run-of-river power plant has two machine sets, each consisting of a Kaplan bulb turbine and a generator. 
The expansion flow rate will be 115 m³/s and the expansion head will be 8.9 metres. With a capacity of 8.85 MW, the power plant will supply the region with 100% green electricity.

Hydro Consulting from VERBUND
Environmental protection at VERBUND
The construction will also improve the ecology: still water zones for fish and ecological balancing areas for upgrading the ecosystem are being implemented. At the same, a fish bypass will be installed at the site of the power plant.
Responsible treatment of the environment

Consultations as part of the project

Informational events for residents and citizens are held in the site office on the power plant construction site. In addition to the events, it is also possible go on a guided tour of the construction site.


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