Schwabeck Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's Schwabeck power plant is a run-of-river power plant situated on the Drava River and north of the municipality of Lavam√ľnd in Carinthia.

Technical Description 

The Schwabeck power plant was built from 1939 to 1943. In order to develop the plant in terms of its technological performance, the most easterly of the four weir fields was reconstructed and in this way was able to increase the maximum output of the power plant from 60,000 to 79,000 kW. Three vertical Kaplan turbines and a propeller turbine generate around 375 GWh of electricity per year. Like all power plants on the upper Drava River, since 2015 the Schwabeck power plant has been equipped with a fish bypass.

Europe's highest fish bypass in Schwabeck

Fish bypass with vertical slot at Schwabeck power plant on the Drava
Since 2015, the fish ladder near the Schwabeck power plant has been overcoming a 21 metre height difference and making this power plant on the Drava River barrier-free for fish.

Technical data:

Owner: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operating company: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Beginning of operation: 1943
Type:  Run-of-river
Country, State: Austria, Carinthia
Waters: Drau
Capacity: 79 MW
Annual generation: 374,758.6 MWh
Turbines: Kaplan (4)
Fish bypass: yes