Niklai Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's power plant of Niklai is a run-of-river power plant situated in the municipality of Feistritz in Carinthia.

The Niklai power plant was built from 1958 to 1960 and as an intermediate stage between the Kreuzeck power plant annual storage reservoir and the Kreuzeck power plant daily storage reservoir. The gradient of about 57 m between the springs of Gnoppnitzbach, Grabach and Niklaibach to the Rosswiese daily storage reservoir, came about due to the channelled flow from the Kreuzeck daily storage reservoir and will be used for energy production. Two horizontal Francis turbines generate a yearly average output of 7 GWh of electricity.

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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 1960
Type Run-of-river power plant
Country Austria
Region Carinthia
Waters Drava, Gnoppnitzbach
Output 02 MW
Annual output 6,686 MWh
Turbine Francis
Connectivity No fish bypass
Environmental protection at VERBUND
The Reißeck plant group has been awarded the environmental certificate ISO 14001. The run-of-river power plants of this plant group not only fulfil the statutory requirements but also focus on high environmental standards and technical innovations. Goals include the efficient use of hydropower and a 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.
Responsible treatment of the environment
Turbine and generators: The Niklai run-of-river power plant has two horizontally installed machine sets with a bottleneck capacity of 1.6 MW. They are equipped with Francis turbines from 1958 with 1,135 and 504 kW rated power and generators with 1,400 and 600 kVA respectively.