History of origins of Birsfelden Hydroelectric Plant

The construction of Birsfelden Hydroelectric Plant began in 1950, it started operations in 1954. In 1978 the large lock was expanded by a second one, to guarantee maximum capacity in case of failure in one of the locks.
The most prominent change was the modernisation in 1995: the entire plant was brought up to date, to increase production and reduce staff costs. By around the mid 21st century, a renovation of the plant will be necessary. The license to operate the plant extends to 2034.

From a conversation with Werner Maier, director of Birsfelden Hydroelectric Plant
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