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Work Begins to Repower Tummel Bridge Power Station

SSE Renewables will begin work to repower Perthshire’s iconic Tummel Bridge Power Station near Pitlochry this week. The upgrade works, which are expected to last 18 months, are set to see the stations potential power output increase from 34 to 40 megawatts.

The work will involve replacing the station’s two turbines, which were installed when Tummel Bridge started producing energy in 1933, with modern units on the power station and is expected to extend its operational life by at least 30 years

Repowering Tummel Bridge Hydro plant is a part of SSE’s plan to harness hydro power for a net-zero future in Scotland and the UK.

Speaking about the repowering work, Director of Operations for SSE Renewables, Jerry Williamson said: “Tummel Bridge Power Station has operated without any major upgrade work since it opened in 1933 and the two turbines at the heart of the station’s operations are nearly 90 years old.

“Replacing the existing machinery and infrastructure is necessary for Tummel Bridge to continue operating for many years to come and the works we’re undertaking will secure local jobs and supply chain opportunities and extend Tummel’s working life to at least 2050.

“Whilst we don’t expect any issues, we will be working closely with the local communities during the works to minimise any potential disruption and I would like to thank local residents and businesses in advance for their cooperation during this time.

“SSE Renewables has a rich heritage of hydro development in the North of Scotland, and I am pleased and proud that Tummel Bridge Power Station will continue to contribute to Scotland and the UKs’ net zero targets for many years to come.”

Timeline of works

  • Early April 2022: Power outage begins in preparation for works
  • Late spring/early summer 2022: Removal of the existing units and foundations begins
  • Autumn/winter 2022: Pouring of circa 4,500 tonnes of concrete
  • January 2023: Installation of machinery and electrical equipment commences
  • Mid-summer 2023: Return to service of Unit One Turbine
  • Autumn 2023: Return to service of Unit Two Turbine

More information on SSE Renewables plans for a net-zero future and their work to achieve this can be found at https://www.sserenewables.com/

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