Hydroelectric Plants in Northern Scotland - other regions
Ardvorlich Estate
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Gilkes Energy
Configuration: 1 X 720 kW pelton
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Gilkes
EPC: Hydroplan, D A MacDonald
Quick Facts: Ardvorlich Estate is on south shore of Loch Earn 70mi from Glasgow. The SHP catchment area extends to the south of the Loch between Ben Vorlich and Ben Our and three intakes are used in order to capture three burns. A 2.7km pipe transfers water from the intakes to the turbine house which is situated close to the main Ardvorlich residence. Income from the scheme will contribute to the ongoing upkeep of the Ardvorlich Estate.

Photograph courtesy of Gilkes
Posted 23 Nov 2011

Errochty
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 3 X 25 MW Francis
Operation: 1950
T/G supplier: English Electric
Quick Facts: This is is the largest of nine plants in the Tummel Scheme in the rugged and remote Tummel Valley region in the Grampian Mountains. A 10km tunnel runs from the 49m diamond-headed buttress dam on Loch Errochty to the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Posted 30 Dec 2003

Gaur
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 1 X 6.4 MW Francis
Operation: 1950
T/G supplier: Elin
Quick Facts: Part of the Tummel Scheme. Gaur is on the edge of Rannoch Moor and operates with a gross head of 30m.

Photograph courtesy of Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Posted 30 Dec 2003

Gelder Burn
Location: Aberdeenshire
Operator: Balmoral Estate
Configuration: 1 X 100 kW Francis
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Gilkes
EPC: Grant Ltd
Quick Facts: This SHP replaced an earlier installation at Balmoral. Work began in Aug 2013. The project included a compensation weir with fish pass and 2.5km of underground HV cable.

Photograph courtesy of Grant Ltd
Posted 4 Jun 2016

Kingairloch
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish & Southern Energy
Configuration: 1 X 3.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: ESAC, Leroy Somer
EPC: Amalgamated Construction Ltd
Quick Facts: This complex project included a new dam to raise the level of the headpond, diversion of a nearby roadway, a main intake structure, 3,300m of buried pipeline to connect to the powerhouse, an additional pipeline from other catchments and assorted aqueducts and minor intake structures. The project took 50wks.

Photograph courtesy of AMCO
Posted 6 Mar 2005

Pitlochry Dam
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 2 X 7.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1949
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, GEC
Quick Facts: Loch Faskally was formed by construction of Pitlochry Dam and is the last reservoir in the Tummel Valley Scheme.

Photograph courtesy of Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Posted 30 Dec 2003

Rannoch
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 3 X 16 MW Francis
Operation: 1930
T/G supplier: English Electric, Elin
Quick Facts: Rannoch was built by the Grampian Electric Supply Co Ltd and is supplied by a 3mitunnel from Loch Ericht. In 1997, the plant was refurbished by VA Tech Hydro and uprated by about 5%.

Photograph by Paul Hookway (geograph)
Posted 22 Jun 2008

Tulliemet
Location: Perth and Kinross
Operator: Atholl Hydro Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 250 kW Turgo
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Gilkes
EPC: Dulas, Grant Ltd
Quick Facts: Work on this SHP began in Kindallachan, Pitlochry, began in Feb 2015 and completed in Nov 2015

Photograph courtesy of Grant Ltd
Posted 4 Jun 2016

Tummel Bridge
Location: Perthshire
Operator: Scottish and Southern Energy
Configuration: 2 X 17 MW Francis
Operation: 1935
T/G supplier: GEC
Quick Facts: Tummel was built on Dunalastair Water by the Grampian Electric Supply Co Ltd and is supplied by water from Loch Rannoch.

Photograph by Paul Hookway (geograph)
Posted 22 Jun 2008

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04-Jun-2016

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