Gilkes begins construction of three small hydroelectric plants in Scotland

Hydroelectric power developer Gilkes Energy has begun construction on a trio of small hydro projects, all of which are to be located on the Attadale Estate near Loch Carron, Scotland.

The package includes the:

  • 500-kW Strathan, a low-flow project fed by a 177-meter-high head that will use a high-pressure pipeline to generate from a Gilkes twin-jet Pelton turbine;
  • 1-MW Loch an Laoigh, a low-head, high-flow project with a single intake and one Gilkes Francis-type turbine; and
  • 2-MW Uisge Dubh, a low-head, high-flow project with twin intakes and two Gilkes Francis turbines.

“Thanks to everyone who has worked on bringing these ambitious projects to fruition,” Gilkes Energy director Carl Crompton said. “The three projects will support approximately full-time jobs at a very local level for the duration of the construction period, along with 7-8 highly skilled engineering and project management jobs, all based in Scotland.

“Once operational, the project will employ a permanent part-time local caretaker, and maintenance and routine servicing will be provided to the projects by the Gilkes Service Centres in Invergordon and Fort William.”

The Kendal-based subsidiary of Gilkes Gilbert & Gordon Ltd. said the Attadale Estate plants bring the total amount of capital invested into Gilkes Energy to more than US$94.6 million, with other recent group projects including an installation at Scotland’s Blair Castle, Callander and Culligran Estate, amongst others.

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