Pumped-Storage Plants in Europe - other countries
Location: Slovenia
Operator: Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica doo (SENG)
Configuration: 1 X 185 MW FPT
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
EPC: Colenco, Primorje, SCT
Quick facts: In 1993, AF-Colenco began engineering work on this project in western Slovenia near the Italian border. In 2003, the company was appointed to prepare the tender and undertake licensing work. Preliminary works began in Jan 2005 and main construction started in August 2005. The upper reservoir was built on Kanalski Vah and the lower reservoir is the existing reservoir of the Plave HPP on the River Soca. These are connected via a 700m long, 4.5m diameter headrace tunnel. The plant commissioned on 30 Mar 2010 as Slovenia’s first PSP.

Photograph courtesy of Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica
Posted 11 Apr 2010

Bajina Basta RHPP
Location: Serbia
Operator: Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)
Configuration: 2 X 307 MW FPT
Operation: 1982
T/G supplier: Toshiba, Koncar
EPC: Elektroproject
Quick facts: The Bajina Basta PSP was synchronized  on 23 Sep 1982. Electric output storage is approximately 190 GWh. The gross head is 609m.

Photograph courtesy of Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)
Posted 28 Oct 2006

Location: Bosnia
Operator: JP Elektroprivreda HZ Herceg-Bosne dd
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW FPT
Operation: 1979
T/G supplier: Riva, AEG
EPC: Energoinvest
Quick facts: Čapljina was commissioned on 25 Nov 1979, the first PSP in Bosnia. Development started in 1968 and construction began at the end of 1972.  The plant uses water from the Trebišnjice River. Čapljina is connected to the 220kV grid. The T/G sets operate at a gross head of 227m.

Photograph courtesy of JP Elektroprivreda HZ Herceg-Bosne dd
Posted 26 Feb 2011

Location: Italy
Operator: Enel SpA
Configuration: 8 X 160 MW FPT
Operation: 1983-1987
T/G supplier: Hydroart, DePretto Escher Wyss, Marelli, Tecnomasio Italiano Brown Boveri, Ansaldo
Quick facts: The Edolo upper storage reservoir is Lake Avio and the lower water source is Rio Oglio giving a head of around 1,300m. The penstocks are about 2.2km long and the tailrace tunnels are 1.1km.

Photograph courtesy of Sito dell'Escursionista
Posted 23 Apr 2008

Location: Lithuania
Operator: Lietuvos Energija AB
Configuration: 4 X 225 MW FPT
Operation: 1992-1998
T/G supplier: LMZ, Kharkov

Photograph courtesy of Lietuvos Energija AB
Posted 14 May 2004

Location: Switzerland
Operator: Axpo
Configuration: 4 X 250 MW FPT
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT, Marti Holding
Quick facts: In Oct 2005, Axpo announced that it had firmed up plans for the 1,200-MW Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern (KLL) pumped-storage scheme, a new underground plant taking advantage of the 630m head between the Muttsee and Limmernsee reservoirs. A new 15km, 380kV line between Tierfehd and Schwanden ties the plant to the grid. Final approval was received in Jul 2009 and, in October 2009, Alstom was awarded a €178mn contract for four 250-MW pump turbine groups for the scheme. Main powerhouse excavation began in Jul 2010 and the first machine was synchroinzed on 18 Dec 2015. The project cost about CHF 2.1bn.

Photograph courtesy of Axpo
Posted 15 Jun 2016

Location: Serbia
Operator: Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)
Configuration: 2 X 12.7 MW FPT
Operation: 1976
T/G supplier: Voith

Photograph courtesy of Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS)
Posted 28 Oct 2006

Location: Poland
Operator: PGE Energia Odnawialna
Configuration: 4 X 125-MW FPT
Operation: 1979
T/G supplier: Boving, CKD, GEC-Alstom, Dolmel
EPC: Energoprojekt-Warszawa SA, Skansa
Quick facts: This is the second largest PSP in Poland. The lower reservoir is Lake Miedzybrodzkiego while the man-made upper reservoir is on Mount Zar. Design work began in 1964and the project was approved by the Council of Ministers in Jun 1968. Full construction began in 1970, the first set wass synchronized on 6 Jan 1979, and the plant was handed over 31 Dec 1979.

Photograph by Ongrys (wikipedia)
Posted 25 Jan 2016

Location: Greece
Operator: Public Power Corp
Configuration: 3 X 105 MW FPT
Operation: 1985-1986
T/G supplier: Ansaldo, Mareilli
EPC: Archirodon
Quick facts: This was the first pumped-storage plant in Greece. The dam is 81m high and 220m long.

Photograph courtesy of Public Power Corp
Posted 8 Jul 2001

Location: Poland
Operator: PGE Energia Odnawialna
Configuration: 2 X 73 MW Francis, 2 X 27 MW FPT
Operation: 1968
T/G supplier: CKD, Skoda
EPC: Energoprojekt-Warszawa SA
Quick facts: This plant is on the San River and is part of a two-plant complex.

Photograph courtesy of Progez Sp zoo
Posted 21 Oct 2006

Location: Ukraine
Operator: Urkhydroenergo
Configuration: 2 X 150 MW FPT
Operation: 2006-2007
T/G supplier: LMZ, Kharkov
Quick facts: This plant is in Mykolaiv oblast and is ultimately designed to have six units. The scheme has a 50m earthfill dam and utilizes the cooling reservoir of the South Ukraine nuclear power station with makeup from the Southern Bug River. Plant construction started in the late 1980s, but was halted from 1991 to 1996 due to lack of funds. In late 2000, owner Energoatom announced new surcharges to help complete construction. In July 2006, trial operation on the first unit began, at which time it was reported that Energoatom had invested $200mn in the project to date. The scheme is designed to operate in concert with the South Ukraine NPP.

Photograph by RomanOnyx (Panaramio)
Re-posted 1 Sep 2007

Location: Greece
Operator: Public Power Corp
Configuration: 3 X 140 MW FPT
Operation: 1996-1997
T/G supplier: Hydro-Vevey
EPC: Denco, AEGEK, Meton, Aktor
Quick facts: Construction on this 240bn drachma multipurpose project started in 1983 and was undertaken exclusively by Greek contractors. The 172m tall rockfill dam is on the Nestos River and the scheme irrigates 200,000ac in the Drama, Nestos, Xanthi and Rodopi regions. The project was funded by PPC, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.

Photograph courtesy of Public Power Corp
Posted 18 Jun 2001

Turlough Hill
Location: Ireland
Operator: Electricity Supply Board
Configuration: 4 X 73 MW FPT
Operation: 1973-1974
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, Siemens
EPC: Lahmeyer, ESB
Quick facts: This is Ireland's only PSP and was built near Bray, on a 681m tall hill in the Wicklow mountains about 60km south of Dublin. Construction began in 1968. The natural lower reservoir is Lough Nahanagan while an artificial upper reservoir was built on the mountain top.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Board
Posted 12 Jun 2004

Location: Luxembourg
Operator: SEO
Configuration: 9 X 100 MW, 2 X 200 MW FPT
Operation: 1964-2014
T/G supplier: Alstom, Escher Wyss, Siemens, Voith, Andritz
EPC: Lahmeyer
Quick facts: This plant is in the Our valley, on the border between Luxembourg and Germany and 40% owned by RWE. Vianden has a 330m long underground powerhouse. two upper reservoirs on Mt St Nicholas and a 8km lower reservoir. Planning started in 1925. The complete plant extension had to be completed in an excavated 50m pit without interrupting the operation of the existing units. Unit-11 was completed in Dec 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Soc Electrique de l'Our SA
Posted 4 Nov 2001


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Updated 15-Jun-2016