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SWECO: Sweco commissioned for major hydropower initiative in Albania

Sweco has been given responsibility for design and inspection of
tunnels and rock caverns in connection with the construction of a new
hydropower plant in Albania. The client is Devoll Hydropower, which
is owned by Norwegian Statkraft. The value of the contract is
approximately EUR 6.6 million.

"The end result will be a hydropower plant that significantly
strengthens Albania's access to electricity and increases the share
of renewable energy in the country. For Sweco, this is an assignment
where we can demonstrate one of our flagship areas of expertise. We
have unparalleled experience in designing tunnels and rock caverns
that are optimised for high loads and varying areas of use over long
periods of time," says Lorenzo Lona, Divisional Manager at Sweco

In the assignment, Sweco will plan rock reinforcement measures and
ensure the permanent stability of the tunnels and rock caverns that
are built. The water in the new facility will be conveyed from a
150-metre high dam via a 10-kilometre long headrace tunnel down to a
power station inside the mountain. The water will then be channelled
through a tailrace tunnel to the Devoll River. The two rock caverns
will contain a transformer station and power plant turbines.

Sweco's work will begin in 2014 and will continue for three years. The
new power plant will have an installed capacity of 177 MW and will be
ready for operation at the end of 2018.

For more information contact:

Lorenzo Lona, Divisional Manager, Sweco Norway, +47 901 220 15,

Kaj Möller, Head of Export, Sweco, +46 8-695 65 03,

Veronika Gustafsson, Press Officer, Sweco, +46 8-695 65 43,

Sweco is the Nordic region's leading provider of services for
sustainable engineering and design. Together, our 9,000 engineers,
architects and environmental experts develop sustainable and
value-creating solutions for clients and society. Sweco is one of
Europe's ten largest consulting engineering companies and conducts
annual project exports to 80 countries worldwide. The company has
annual sales of approximately SEK 9 billion and is listed on Nasdaq
OMX Stockholm AB.


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