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Green light for Scottish hydroelectric scheme

Scottish ministers have approved plans for a 7.5MW hydroelectric power station at Kildermorie, northern Scotland.

The hydroelectric scheme, near Ardross, Rosshire, will consist of a new dam and storage reservoir at the head of Gleann Mhuire. A buried pipeline will be constructed running down the glen along with a semi-buried powerhouse with associated tailrace.

Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) Renewables, the renewable energy division of SSE, has developed the scheme in-house. Construction is due to begin in the next six to 12 months and should take two years.

However, a recent SSE hyro-scheme – Glendoe – has been beset with problems following a tunnel collapse (NCE 27 May). SSE’s latest annual report says that its “understanding project risk and rigourous lessons learned programme” had helped with the delivery of future projects.

“SSE is committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2020, and the new hydro scheme at Kildermorie will help achieve this target,” said SSE Renewables project manager Calum Robb.

SSE now has 3.66GW of renewable energy capacity in operation, under construction or with consent for development in the UK and Ireland.

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