Gries project on the Salzach River

The section of the Salzach between Bruck and Taxenbach has a very good natural slope. This means that the facility in the city district of Gries near Bruck an der Glocknerstrasse can be built very gently with regard to the river ecology.

The section of the Salzach between Bruck and Taxenbach has a very good natural slope. This means that the facility in the city district of Gries near Bruck an der Glocknerstrasse can be built very gently with regard to the river ecology.

Already in the planning phase the project partners VERBUND and Salzburg AG are working closely with the renowned Salzburg Institute of Ecology. The impact on nature will be held to a minimum during the construction phase.

Project details

Max. flow

115 m³/s

Drop height

8.9 m

Turbines

2 Kaplan bulb turbines

Total investment

€ 60 million

Start of construction

2016

Project office hours for the public

Information for local residents and citizens

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.

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.

Halftime at the construction site: Salzach breakthrough

Excavator and truck working on the Salzach dam
In November 2017 the Salzach was redirected and now flows through the already-completed structure on the right bank.

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