|Project Details||A series of 5 new hydroelectric barrages are planned along the Mur River in Styria, located between the cities Leoben and Spielfeld . Two of them are already constructed; “Kraftwerk (KW) Gössendorf -18,75MW and KW Kalsdorf - 18,5MW (near to completion). The involved companies Verbund AG and Energie Steiermark AG started project planning at least in August 2005 or before .|
Investment size for KW Gössendorf and KW Kalsdorf was reported to amount to over 160 million € . During 2013, investment value was lost by at least 18 million € , if not up to 36 million euro . Responsible for the loss in economic value was probably the too optimistic expectations regarding production and the currently large electricity supply in the EU .
Before construction, KW Gössendorf was expected to produce electricity amounting to 155 million KWh/year . After construction, production was reported to amount to 90 million KWh/year .
With a coverage of 1,414ha, the riparian forests surrounding KW Gössendorf and KW Kalsdorf were among the largest of its ecological type (“Hartauwald”) within Austria . The barrages irreversibly changed their ecological characteristics. 80ha were completed cleared . Up to 20,000 large and medium trees were felled , many of them protected [see pictures].
|Level of Investment (in USD)||178,000,000 $ (two barrages: KW Gössendorf and KW Kalsdorf)|
|Type of Population||Semi-urban|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Verbund AG Österreich from Austria - energy|
Energy Steiermark AG (EStAG) from Austria - energy
Andritz Group from Austria
Electricité de France International (EDF) from France
|International and Financial Institutions||European Investment Bank (EIB)|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Local NGOs: Plattform "Rettet die Mur"; Verein Lebensraum Graz Süd.|
NGOs involved in the information campaign: OEAV; WWF; Fluesse-voller-leben.at; kajak.at; Verband der österreichischen Arbeiter-Fischerei-Vereine; Naturschutzbund Steiermark; lebendige Flüsse; Fisch & Wasser Verband; LFV Steiermark; Umwelt Dachverband; ÖKF