Verbund Hydro Power GmbH has awarded international consulting and engineering company, Finland-based Poyry, the engineering and project management services contract for the 1.7-MW Untere Tuxbachuberleitung (Tuxbach) hydropower project, according to a Dec. 20 press release from Poyry.
The amount of the contract was not disclosed.
In addition to its powerhouse, Tuxbach will comprise an 8.6-km-long tunnel, two weirs and fish passing structure constructed on Tuxbach Creek in Tyrolean Zillertal, Austria. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2017, with a project completion date expected in 2020.
Poyry will provide detailed design and site supervision services as well as the necessary geological aspects including hydro geological preservation services, according to the release.
Poyry said the Tuxbach project will increase the efficiency of the 360-MW Zemm-Ziller hydropower facility.
The Zemm-Ziller development includes Zillergrundl Dam – the second tallest dam in Austria – that impounds Ziller River in the upper Ziller Valley creating the Zillergrundl Reservoir. The development also includes the 360-MW Hausling pumped-storage station.