Untitled Document

Gilkes begins construction on Neaty small hydropower plant

Neaty Small Hydropower Project

Construction has begun on a 700 kW small hydropower project being developed by at Culligran Estate in Scotland's Glen Strathfarrar.

Gilkes Energy Ltd. and joint venture company Torrential Potential Ltd. are developing the Neaty Hydro project, which will be a high-head, run-of-river design with a single intake, high-pressure pipeline and Pelton turbine.

"We have been working on this project for a number of years and it is very satisfying to finally see diggers on the ground," Culligran Estate owner Frank Spencer-Nairn said.

The Neaty small hydro project is Gilkes' first in which it has taken full technical design and project management responsibility, according to the company.

The project received planning permission and a Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) license in early 2012, followed by a detailed procurement and financial close with the Bank of Scotland. Gilkes said about 1.5 km of access track have already been completed, as well as several hundred meters of pipe. The plant is expected to be in operation by September 2014.

"The project now has the certainty and confidence of both the Feed-In Tariff and a fully-secured funding package, so now we can concentrate fully on building the scheme," Gilkes Energy representative Fraser Allison said. "A big thank you to all those who have worked so hard on the project so far."

HydroWorld.com reported that Gilkes completed work on a similar small hydropower project in May.

For more new development news, visit here.

Latest Slideshow

Your Picture Here: Send Us Your Dam Selfie

View Slideshow >>

more slideshows >>   

Hydro Whitepapers

Hydro Industry Financials

Most Read Articles

Recent Comments

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours
To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Volume 34, Issue 2
Volume 23, Issue 2

Archived Articles

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Hydro Review Past Issues

Buyers Guide Products

Micro Hydro Power Generating Equipment

TOSHIBA’s Micro Hydro series comprise five stan...

Andritz Compact HydroTurbines

A modular design for the small hydro power rang...

Turbines, Francis

Voith supplies cost-effective Francis units in ...

Buyers Guide Companies

Wiegert & Baehr Maschinenbau GmbH

Offers Pelton and Francis turbines to 5000kW, K...

GUGLER Water Turbines GmbH

Develops and supplies water turbines and small ...

Sigma Engineering Ltd

Sigma provides services in hydrology and all as...

TURAB Turbin & Regulatorservice AB

Manufactures, refurbishes and maintains hydro t...

Schmidt Industries

Manufacturer of valve assemblies, Rotor and She...