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Dam removal experts come together for webinar

Marieberg Powerplant (C)Unipers Hydropower in Sweden
Marieberg Powerplant (C)Unipers Hydropower in Sweden

Ribble Rivers Trust are very excited to be taking part in a two-hour webinar programme hosted by Dam Removal Europe. As part of the webinar a live stream will show part of a dam removal at the Marieberg powerplant, Sweden.

Additionally, expert speakers from a wide range of backgrounds will be discussing strategies on how to remove dams based on experiences from around Europe and abroad. Included in the list of speakers is our very own CEO Jack Spees, who has delivered and supported many weir removals, both for the Trust and other organisations.

Uniper, the Swedish hydropower company behind the removal of the Marieberg powerplant, have prioritized this removal in recognition that the environmental benefits outweigh the relatively small contribution of renewable energy from the powerplant.

The main objectives of this project are to improve river connectivity and restore habitats. The work itself will be carried out by privately owned company, Naturentreprenad Syd AB, a company solely started to improve rivers in Sweden, proving there is also an economic benefit to removing dams.

Preparatory works for the removal of the Marieberg Powerplant begin (C) Andrea Lundblad, Naturentreprenad Syd AB
Preparatory works for the removal of the Marieberg Powerplant begin (C) Andrea Lundblad, Naturentreprenad Syd AB

The Marieberg power plant is located on the Mörrumsån River, southern Sweden, and the removal is funded by Uniper, Sveaskog, Havs- och Vattenmyndigheten, Bra Miljöval, Baltic Salmon Fund, and LIFE CONNECTS.

Founded in 2016, the Dam Removal Europe coalition aims to connect local dam removal projects, stakeholders and organizations to better highlight and disseminate the positive impacts dam removal provides for rivers. It is an initiative that allows relevant specialists to share knowledge and inspire new visions for a free-flowing Europe. Dam Removal Europe better enables support and guidance for future dam removal projects under the umbrella of the European Dam Removal movement.

You can register to join the webinar here: damremoval.eu

Aerial images showing one of the Trust's most recent weir removals, Samlesbury weir
Aerial images showing one of the Trust’s most recent weir removals, Samlesbury weir