Inverclyde Now Logo HYDRO-Electric Power Plan For Countryside Near Inverkip

2 November, 2018 | Planning

The scheme would use water from the Loch Thom Compensation Reservoir

PLANNING permission is being sought for a hydro-electric power scheme that would take water in a new four-kilometre buried pipeline between Loch Thom and Inverkip.

The 1,000-kilowatt facility would be based on the Kip Water.

It would use water from the Loch Thom Compensation and Daff Reservoirs, returning it to Kip Water via a new powerhouse that would be built between Bankfoot and Inverkip. A switchroom would also be constructed along the route.

The fully-automated scheme, proposed by Greenock Hydropower Ltd, would lie entirely on Ardgowan Estate land. Construction would last about 20 months.

Electricity generated would be exported to the National Grid via a new overhead line from the existing line north of Dunrod Farm to the switchroom which would be connected via a buried cable to the powerhouse.

The operation of the scheme would be dependent on water levels and flows within the reservoirs and tributaries. The turbine would only operate when there was enough water.

The construction corridor for the pipeline would be restricted to a width of approximately 18 to 30 metres. The pipeline would be buried or mounded over.

The application is pending consideration by Inverclyde Council planning department.

Application documents on Inverclyde Council planning portal

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