Ashta hydropower project in Albania on track for completion in 2012

Construction of Albania’s 48-MW Ashta run-of-river hydropower project is on schedule for completion by 2012, developers reported.

Austrian utility Verbund and SPV Energji Ashta broke ground for construction of the Ashta hydropower project, located on Albania’s Drin River in Shkoder District, in 2009.

The hydro project’s estimated cost is EUR 160 million (US$227 million).

The project is to feature Hydromatrix technology, a trademarked product of Andritz Hydro, employing about 90 small turbine-generators installed in modules.

Spanish company Gamesa signed a contract with Andritz for the delivery of 90 permanent magnet generators for the hydropower project, wire services reported.

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