LISTEN: Peter Diver explains how the investment will improve the output, environment and provide jobs locally
The 1930’s Tummel Bridge Power Plant is set for a £50m investment from SSE Renewables which will extend its life until and help play a part in tackling climate change.
Currently, the plant delivers 140 GWh of renewable power but after the refurbishments, it could deliver as much as 40MWh.
Peter Diver Head of Hydro Operations at SSE: “I’m delighted we are demonstrating our commitment to our existing hydro fleet by making a significant investment of almost £50m to repower our Tummel Bridge Power Station.
“Hydro power is Scotland’s original source of renewable energy and one which has an increasingly vital role to play in our path to achieving net zero carbon emissions in Scotland by 2045 and the UK by 2050. By replacing the existing turbines at Tummel Bridge with modern, efficient plant, we will be able to safely extend the operational life of the station by at least 40 years, meaning Tummel Bridge will be part of our future net-zero power system.”
“By repowering the existing turbines with latest hydro technology, we are able to make best use of the available water flow and head at the station to increase generation output and maintain our capability to reliably manage water flows through the Tummel cascade.”
With construction set for Spring of next year, the repowering of the plant will see as many as 65 jobs involved in the project at its peak.
Claire Mack Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables: “A mix of renewable energy technologies will be needed if we are to meet our climate change targets, as well as smart systems to manage the way power is generated, transported and used.”
“Hydro, which provides almost a fifth of Scotland’s clean electricity, is an increasingly important part of that energy mix, providing as it does the flexibility to generate when power is most needed.
“Further investment in pumped storage hydropower – in which Scotland could lead the UK – and the refurbishment of existing plants like Tummel Bridge mean a more certain route to net-zero carbon emissions by our 2045 target, as well as significant benefits to local supply chain companies and communities.”