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Saas-Balen contemplates 4.6 MW small hydropower project

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Swiss village Saas-Balen and German developer Kraftwerke Mattmark AG (KWM) have begun an investigation on the possible construction of a 4.6 MW hydropower plant above the Fellbach waterfall.

Utility company Axpo has been contracted to conduct studies for the project, which is projected to cost around US$19 million and take up to two years to construct.

Axpo said Saas-Balen must first renew water rights concessions, though the town's application is likely to be submitted by the end of 2015. If the town decides to proceed with the project, the application will then go before the Canton of Valais for review.

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