Ottensheim-Wilhering Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's power plant of Ottensheim-Wilhering is a run-of-river plant situated on the Danube and in the municipality of Wilhering in Upper Austria.

Source: ENTSO-E Production 2017

It was built between 1970 and 1974 with the financial participation of Energie AG Oberösterreich and Salzburg AG.
For the first time in a Danube power plant in Austria, Kaplan bulb turbines with horizontal shaft were installed instead of the previously used Kaplan turbines with vertical shaft at the Ottensheim-Wilhering power plant. This arrangement of the machine sets enables a lower construction and better integration of the power plant building into the surrounding landscape.

Europe’s longest fish bypass, created by the LIFE+ Network Danube project, has been in operation since 2016.


Technical data:

Owner: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operating company: VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Beginning of operation: 1975
Type:  Run-of-river
Country, State: Austria, Upper Austria
Waters: Danube
Capacity: 179 MW
Annual generation: 1,153,163.3 MWh
Turbines: Kaplan (9)
Fish bypass: yes