Innogy Hydro has announced plans to construct a 800kW hydro scheme in Scotland. The project will supply power via Scottish and Southern’s gird lines.

Located at the western end of Glen Garry on the Garry Gualach Burn near Invergarry, the site is being developed in partnership with a local trust called Forest Enterprise. The station has been carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape and its power house will complement local architecture with a slate roof and lime harl walls. Other environmentally sensitive features include a buried pipeline, low intake fish weir with fish screen, and a part-buried transmission line.

Construction starts almost immediately and the station is expected to be operational by July 2002.

Scottish firms RJ Mcleods will be responsible for the construction, while Kestral Controls will supply the control system panel. Design and software is being provided by Caledonian Energy and Gilkes will supply a Francis turbine and an alternator built by Alconza of Spain.

John Baxendale, resources manager at Innogy Hydro, said: ‘We are continuing to expand and invest in Scotland as part of our commitment to support the government’s renewables targets, and as an important part of our own commitment to develop economic hydro schemes in the UK.’ Innogy Hydro now operates four hydro projects in Scotland and claims to be actively pursuing a number of other schemes in the UK, including several more in Scotland.