Monday, 28. July 2014
04. 10. 12. - 12:00
A massive hydroelectric power plant has gone online at Gössendorf south of Graz.
Styrian energy company Energie Steiermark and Verbund invested €90 million in the project of which 15 million were for environmental measures to create a power plant providing electricity to 23,000 homes.
The plant was officially switched on by regional governor Franz Voves who said it was one of the most important regional renewable energy projects ever.
The plant means a saving of 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The project managers also said that over 90 per cent of the money invested in the project had been spent on using domestic firms such as Andritz AG.
For the two years it took to build the project there was employment for 1,000 workers in Styria and there are also spin-offs including a number of leisure activities now available along the river Mur - and better protection from flooding for the locals living in the region.
Electricity from water is one of the most important energy sources in Austria with more than 100 major powerplants operated by Verbund, of which 40 are in Styria.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.
Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation.
Priests Furious After Porn Films Shot In Local Parish Church
A furious Austrian Catholic priest has complained to police after discovering a local woman had apparently been using his church as a studio to make porn films.
Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing
An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car – and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Michael Schumacher Family In Talks With Micro Chip Docs|
|Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond|
|Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party|
|German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid|
|Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.