CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON LOCHY HYDRO PROJECT AND GILKES ENERGY HITS MAJOR MILESTONE
16th March 2015
Gilkes Energy is pleased to announce that construction of the 2MW Lochy Hydro project has started.
Lochy Hydro is located at Inverlochy, just east of Dalmally, and is the fourth hydro project to be developed by Gilkes Energy on the National Forest Estate managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
The project is a classic medium-head design incorporating a single intake, high-pressure pipeline and twin Francis turbines in a purpose built powerhouse.
Planning permission and the SEPA CAR license were received in late 2013. After a detailed tendering and procurement exercise the project has now formally achieved 'Financial Close' and the civil construction team started to mobilize in February. The scheme is planned to be operational by April 2016.
The project also represents a significant milestone for Gilkes Energy in that it has now invested £50m in hydro projects to date.
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