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

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.