In this regard, VERBUND is counting on Austrian technology: the HYDROMATRIX®-system will be implemented in two stages on the river Drin in the north of Albania by ANDRITZ HYDRO. Each of the two stages will be equipped with 45 steel modules, each including a HYDROMATRIX® turbine generator unit.
The total installed capacity of both systems (Ashta I and Ashta II) is over 50 megawatt; the annual output to be generated is 240 million kilowatt hours. This corresponds to a fourth of the amount supplied by Vienna Danube power plant Freudenau. Construction of the power plant is scheduled to start in 2010: the total volume invested by Verbund is approximately 200 million Euro. Electricity will be generated from 2012, which will be fed into the Albanian 110 kV grid.