U.K. utility completes 24-hour test of 100-MW Glendoe

Scottish &Southern Energy (SSE) said December 11 it completed generating a maximum 100 MW for a full 24-hour period at its new 100-MW Glendoe hydroelectric project in Scotland.

�This means a key milestone has been reached in the process for testing the reliability of the electricity generation equipment at the scheme, in advance of it being formally commissioned and handed over to SSE’s Generation Operations division, which is expected to take place later this month,� SSE said.

Glendoe is the United Kingdom’s first large-scale conventional hydro project to be built since the 75-MW Errochty plant opened in Perthshire in 1957. It is being completed on Loch Ness in Scotland for an investment of more than 140 million pounds (US$275 million). It is to generate about 180 million kWh annually. (HNN 9/3/08)

SSE Chief Executive Ian Marchant said he was pleased the commissioning will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the formation of SSE.

�At that time, there was a risk that Scotland’s hydroelectric schemes would be left behind in the search for newer forms of green energy production,� he said. �Since then, we have invested over 330 million pounds (US$498.5 million) in refurbishing and developing hydroelectric schemes in Scotland, giving this highly important technology a new lease on life.�

SSE closed Glendoe Dam in a September 1 ceremony attended by Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond. The project included construction of a new reservoir, an underground power station, and tunnels allowing water to be discharged into Loch Ness, 600 meters below.

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