Nant de Drance SA shareholders attending the annual general meeting held on 28 April 2014 decided unanimously to increase the share capital of the company by CHF 150 million. The share capital will therefore go from CHF 150 to 300 million. The increase will be done by issuing 1,500 fully paid-in registered shares with a nominal value of 100,000 Swiss francs each. The shareholders will participate in the capital increase in proportion to their current holdings, which are 39% for Alpiq, 36% for SBB-Swiss Railways, 15% for IWB and 10% for FMV.
The General Assembly granted discharge to the members of the Board of Directors of Nant de Drance SA and elected Christian Plüss, representing Alpiq, and Peter Teuscher, representing SBB, to serve as members of the Board until the end of 2015. They replace Patrick Mariller and Matthias Gygax, respectively.
Construction of the power station on track From an operational point of view, the construction of the Nant de Drance pumped-storage power plant is progressing according to schedule. The first section of the steel lining has arrived on site this spring. Construction work to raise the height of the Vieux-Emosson dam has resumed and will be completed by the end of 2014, as will be the excavation and lining of the second vertical shaft. The installation of equipment in the machine cavern has started following completion of its excavation in March. To date the budget, slightly under 2 billion Swiss francs, is still maintained.