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Gilkes Energy commissions 2 more projects

28th September 2016

Gilkes Energy is delighted to announce that two new hydro projects totalling 2.3MW have now been commissioned and started generating.

Ben Glas Hydro is located just north of Loch Lomond, and is a 1.3MW, high head, low-flow project incorporating a twin intake, high pressure pipeline and twin-jet Pelton turbine.

Leacann Hydro is located near the village of Furnace, Arygll and is a 1MW, medium-head, medium-flow project incorporating a triple intake, medium bore pipeline and twin-jet Pelton turbine.

Both projects were commissioned in September 2016.

Commenting on the project, Fraser Allison of Gilkes Energy who led the project management said "We're very pleased to have delivered these 2 projects on time and budget. The two projects are similar in some respects: both have catchments of approx. 6 square km's, both use Gilkes twin jet Pelton turbines and both use similar pipe materials - polyethylene in the upper sections and high pressure ductile iron in the lower sections. In other respects they are different: for example Leacann uses 3 intakes to capture the necessary catchment and drops a vertical distance of 188m (the "Head" of the scheme).  Ben Glas uses 2 intakes and drops a much greater vertical distance of 316m. Both projects had their respective engineering and construction challenges. The Ben Glas pipeline route in particular was tricky because large quantities of rock had to be excavated from terrain which was not immediately accessible and meant working on very steep gradients."

Commenting on the project, Carl Crompton Director of Gilkes Energy said "The Leacann and Ben Glas projects are our 10th and 11th hydro project to be commissioned in the last 3 years - all on time and budget. Well done to the team for delivering yet again. The two projects have supported approximately 25 full-time jobs at a very local level, for the duration of the construction period, along with 7-8 highly skilled engineering and project management jobs, all based in Scotland. As they now move into the operational phase the projects will continue to support employment in the form of permanent local 'caretakers' and maintenance and service jobs. The projects will also contribute to the UK's renewable energy targets by generating low-cost, clean energy for many years to come."

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