Vattenfall to invest $1.9bn in Swedish hydro power plants

11 April 2012 (Last Updated April 11th, 2012 18:30)

Swedish power company Vattenfall has unveiled plans to invest SEK13bn ($1.9bn) to modernise and increase production at its hydro power plants until 2023.

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Swedish power company Vattenfall has unveiled plans to invest SEK13bn ($1.9bn) to modernise and increase production at its hydro power plants until 2023.

As part of the refurbishments, the hydro power plant in Storuman, Umluspen, will get two new turbines and its production will be increased by 8 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year.

Starting in 2014, about SEK270m ($40m) will be invested in the power plant, which will be able to provide electricity for 1,600 households per year once fully operational.

In January this year, a SEK1bn ($147m) investment in the hydro power plant Akkats, in Jokkmokk, was completed by Vattenfall.

There, power is increased by the equivalent electricity consumption of 5000 households.

Hydropower accounts for about 20% of Vattenfall's total electricity generation and 41% of Sweden's electricity.

Image: Vattendall has invested $147m to upgrade the Akkats power plant. Credit: Vattenfall