The Albanian government started the tendering procedure for the Ashta hydro power plant on 15 January 2008, with Verbund being named winning bidder for the project. Construction of the run-of-river plant – which will be equipped with Hydromatrix technology from Andritz Hydro – began in March and it is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Implementation of the power plant project has been assigned to Tirana-based Energji Ashta, with construction and management assigned to Verbund within the framework of a service contract.