Construction starts on Allt Gharagain hydro scheme

26 March 2014

Green Highland Renewables has begun constructing a 1MW hydro project near Achnasheen in the Scottish Highlands.

The £3.5 million Allt Gharagain scheme is located to the west of Achnasheen in Wester Ross, and is the fourth project in the immediate area being developed by the Highland hydro specialists.

The Inverness office of leading construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall, has been appointed to build the high-head, run-of-river project, which will be grid connected in December this year.

Green Highland Renewables has formed a joint venture with Albion Ventures, one of the largest venture capital trust managers in the UK, to progress the development.

“It is good to get this project off the ground” says Ian Cartwright, Managing Director at Green Highland Renewables. “We secured planning consent in 2011 and it has been a long wait for our grid connection date to come around.

“We are now entering a very busy period for our business,” Cartwright continues. “Green Highland has successfully consented 37 projects since 2010. We’ve built seven, have eight under construction and will be delivering a very active pipeline over the next few years.

“This project is technically challenging, as we need to cross the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh railway line and we’ve worked closely with Network Rail to ensure this will be as smooth as possible.

“We’re also building three other schemes in the immediate area so our project management team will be on site or nearby throughout the construction phase,” Cartwright concludes.

The project will use a Newmills turbine, similar to the turbine used by Green Highland Renewables in their successful Glen Lyon scheme which completed in 2011.