Vordernberg Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's power plant at Vordernberg is a run-of-river power plant situated on the brook of Vordernbergbach (Mur region) and on the northern edge of the town of Vordernberg in Styria.

Man in the kitchen

416 households

supplies the Vordernberg power plant

Conscious of the environment

1,415 fewer
tonnes of CO2*

No fish bypass

A fish bypass

is not being planned.

Ecology

Certified in accordance with ISO14001

*Source: ENTSO-E Production 2017

The Vordernberg run-of-river power plant was built between 1986 and 1987. The two-nozzle Pelton turbine with horizontal shaft and a nominal output of 500 kW is coupled to a three-phase synchronous generator with a nominal output of 550 kVA and generates around 2 GWh of electricity annually.

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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 1987
Type Run-of-river power plant
Country Austria
Region Styria
Waters Mur, Vordernbergbach
Output 01 MW
Annual output 1,832 MWh
Turbine Pelton
Connectivity No fish bypass
Environmental protection at Verbund

Ecology & environmental protection

A fish bypass at the Vordernberg power plant would not deliver any ecological value added and is therefore not being planned.

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.

 

Fish bypasses safeguard the variety of species
Powerhouse: The two-nozzle Pelton turbine with horizontal shaft and a nominal output of 400 kW is coupled to a three-phase synchronous generator with a nominal output of 550 kVA.

Weir: The mandatory water discharge is 40 l/sec in summer and 20 l/sec in winter. The power plant is automatically controlled and is monitored by the Pernegg control room.