Electricity generation is due to resume at the Glendoe hydro-electric plant in 2012 following a tunnel collapse in 2009, owner Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has announced today.
The two new tunnels required to bypass the collapsed existing tunnel have now been completed, according to SSE. The tunnels allow water to flow from the nearby reservoir to the power station.
Contractor Bam Nuttall has also begun repairs on the plant’s tailrace — a channel that carries water through the plant. SSE hopes the process of re-filling the reservoir should begin around the end of this winter and electricity generation should resume in the first half of 2012.
The collapse happened 2km from the top of the 6.2km long headrace tunnel that carries water from the reservoir in the Monadhliath Mountains to the power house near the southern tip of Loch Ness.