Salza Storage Power Plant

VERBUND's Salza power plant is a storage power plant in the municipality of St. Martin am Grimming in Styria. It was constructed from 1947 until 1949.

Man in the kitchen

6,017 households

supplies the Salza power plant

Conscious of the environment

20,450 fewer
tonnes of CO2*

long is the Salza reservoir in the gorge of the Mitterndorfer Salza river


Certified in accordance with ISO14001

*Source: ENTSO-E Production 2017

The storage power plant was built between 1947 and 1949. The around 6 kilometre-long Salza reservoir nestles harmoniously in the narrow gorge of the Salza near Mitterndorf. The power house was built on the bank of the Salza, around 0.5 kilometres below the Salza dam. In the power house, a Francis spiral turbine generates electricity entirely from hydropower, with which it can supply almost 6,000 households in the surrounding area with environmentally friendly electricity.

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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 1949
Type Storage power plant
Country Austria
Region Styria
Waters Enns, Salza
Output 09 MW
Annual output 26,798 MWh
Turbine Francis
Connectivity No fish bypass
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Ecology & environmental protection

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.
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Technical data:

Owner: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operating company: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH                                 
Beginning of operation: 1949
Type:  Storage
Country, State: Austria, Styria
Waters: Salza
Capacity: 8.5 MW
Annual generation: 26,798.2 MWh
Turbines: Francis 
Fish bypass: no