Gries project on the Salzach River

The new Gries run-of-river power plant is being built on the Salzach River in the municipality of Gries in the Pinzgau region.

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


Collaborative launch of Gries project

Groundbreaking for the Gries joint-venture power plant
Collaborative groundbreaking with provincial governor Wilfried Haslauer and project partner Salzburg AG

August 2018: First electricity from Gries

Kaplan impeller being lowered into the power plant on a crane hook
Since the middle of August, for the first time Machine 2 has been generating electricity for the grid. Prior to this, the concrete structure was completed the end of July and the weir system with all its safety components was put into operation. On 14 August, damming of the Salzach River was begun.

Image from the Location

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
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

Project office hours for the public

Information hours for local residents and citizens will take place at the site office of the power plant construction site. Following these times it is possible to tour the construction site.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 24.9.2018, 6 p.m.