Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) said February 24 it began construction of the 100-MW Glendoe hydroelectric project.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair formally launched work on the 140 million pound (US$245 million) power station that is Scotland’s first conventional large-scale hydro plant in 40 years. Blair started the controlled explosion at the site near Scotland’s Loch Ness.
The project is to create 400 construction jobs and begin generating electricity by early 2009.
SSE awarded a 20.4 million euro (US$24.25 million) contract to VA Tech Hydro to supply electro-mechanical equipment as subcontractor to Germany’s Hochtief AG, which won a turnkey contract.