Forbach is a 289.5MW hydro power project. It is planned in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in multiple phases. The project construction is likely to commence in 2021 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2025.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 289.5 289.5 Permitting Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg


The project is being developed and currently owned by EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg.

Forbach is a pumped storage project. The hydro reservoir capacity is planned to be 14 million cubic meter. The penstock length will be 1,600m. The penstock diameter will be 5m. The project is expected to generate 105 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $334.056m.

Forbach (Phase-I (Upper Level) Unit-I) consists of 1 unit of pump turbine with 20MW nameplate capacity.

Forbach (Phase-I (Upper Level) Unit-II) consists of 2 units of pelton turbines with 46MW nameplate capacity.

Forbach (Phase-I (Upper Level) Unit-III) consists of 5 units of francis turbines with 22.5MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2021. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2025.

About EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg

EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (EnBW) is an integrated energy utility. Through its subsidiaries, the company generates electricity and thermal energy; transmits and distributes, and trades electric energy and natural gas; and provides energy-related services. It produces electricity using hydro, nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind and solar sources. EnBW markets its offerings under the EnBW, Yello, NaturEnergiePlus, VNG, goldgas, GVS, PRE, Stadtwerke Dusseldorf, Erdgas Sudwest, ODR and ZEAG brands. The company also supplies water to its group entities. It serves retail, commercial, housing and agriculture sectors , redistributors, industrial customers, local authorities, municipal utilities and public entities in Germany and Europe. EnBW is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.


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