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.

Technical Description 

The Salza reservoir is harmoniously embedded in the narrow valley canyon, its net capacity is 10.5 million m3. A 53 m high dam was erected as a sealing structure, with a base width of 12 m. In total, around 23,000 m3 of concrete were used in the dam construction. The powerhouse was built around 0.5 km downstream of the Salza dam, on the right bank of the Salza river. There is one machine unit in the powerhouse made up of one Francis spiral turbine and one built-in directly coupled, three-phase synchronous generator. The generated electricity will be fed into the Steweag-Steg regional distribution grid. 

From 2007 to 2008, after nearly 60 years in operation, the Salza dam was completely revitalised and technologically brought up to date. 

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