Gilkes has signed a contract with the Government of South Georgia for a micro hydro scheme at the Grytviken site, with installation planned for early 2024.

The 13kW Compact Turgo will be the second installation on the Island in addition to an existing 250kW twin jet Turgo installed in 2007, providing power to Grytviken and the British Antarctic Survey Base at King Edward Point (KEP).

Power demand at KEP and Grytviken now runs almost entirely on hydro. Diesel generating sets are now run for emergency back up only and to cycle the fuel storage. 

Gilkes is also supplying training to the British Antarctic Survey to enable them to run and maintain the equipment. 

Image: King Edward Point. Courtesy Gilkes