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JCB excavator installs pipeline for Scottish hydorelectric scheme

A JCB JS145 tracked excavator dragged pipelines up hill as part of the construction of the Strath Tummell hydro electric power scheme near Kinloch Rannoch, in a remote part of Perthshire.

The JCB JS145 is shown working on a private hydro-electric scheme where water will be piped down hill from natural streams to turn turbines - with the electricity generated then sold to the National Grid.

The excavator is dragged over a quarter of a mile of plastic and iron ductile piping towards the source stream at the top of the hill. Further down the hillside, at a welding station, 13-metre sections are added to the pipe. Ultimately, the pipe will channel water all the way from the stream down to the turbines – ensuring a continuous flow of water keeps them turning.

The JS145 has been fitted with 1200mm tracks to reduce ground-bearing pressure for work on the peat based terrain.

The machine was purchased by Chic Kippen & Sons, a Perth-based firm, which offers plant hire and contracting services to central and southern Scotland. It has a fleet of 15 predominantly JCB excavators ranging from 1.5 to 22 tonne models.

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