SSE Proposes Loch Ness Hydro Power Plant

8 November 2009 (Last Updated November 8th, 2009 18:30)

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has begun consultations to develop a 600MW hydro electric power plant on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. SSE proposes to build a pumped storage scheme on the Balmacaan Estate between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit. The plan also include

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has begun consultations to develop a 600MW hydro electric power plant on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.

SSE proposes to build a pumped storage scheme on the Balmacaan Estate between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit.

The plan also includes construction of a dam and a new reservoir at Loch nam Breac Dearga, north-east of Invermoriston, according to Inverness-courier.co.uk.

Water from Loch Ness would be pumped up to the higher loch and then discharged to drive turbines.

Scotland's largest pumped storage station at present is a 440MW facility at Cruachan in Argyll.

The project is in the early stages and opinions are being sought from local community councils and organisations.

If the plans get the go-ahead construction of the plant is expected to take two to three years.