Developer receives approval for 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project

The Gwynedd Council has granted the Quarry Battery Company (QBC) planning permission to develop a 49.4-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on the site of the former Glyn Rhonwy slate mine in Wales.

The US$155.5 million project was developed in conjunction with AECOM and is designed to have a minimal impact on the area’s wildlife and landscape, QBC said, while offering a significant benefit to the surrounding area.

According to QBC, the Glyn Rhonwy project will create as many as 30 full-time jobs, while the company itself will establish an independent trust to manage grants to support community projects. The company said it will make an initial grant of about $390,000, then provide around $15,500 every year afterward through the project’s operational life.

The project would include the construction of a 20-meter-high dam on the upper reservoir and a 15-meter-high dam on the lower reservoir, in addition to tunnels, a powerhouse and transmission infrastructure. The developer said it hopes to have the pumped-storage plant operational by 2017.

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