A hydroelectric station will be built to generate electricity in the Tees Valley as part of a new power partnership between Northumbrian Water and RWE npower renewables.
The station, at Selset Reservoir, near Barnard Castle, County Durham, will generate as much as 750kW of electricity, or 4,000MWh a year, of electricity. This will be enough to meet the energy needs of around 1,000 households.
Building work on the £2.5M Selset hydroelectric project will commence in early 2010. The turbine and generator will be housed in a small building, which will be built in the style of a Teesdale farm building in stone, with a pitched roof. The hydroelectric station will need integration with existing water supply operations and improved access to a supply road.
In order to make working conditions safe during construction, the water level of the Selset reservoir, which holds 15,320 million litres when full, will be lowered.
RWE npower renewables project manager Tim James said: “We have a number of hydroelectric projects in Wales and Scotland and this is the first we have constructed.”