Loch Ness hydropower dam fills with water

1 September 2008 – A dam which is crucial to the generation of electricity at a 100 MW hydropower scheme in Loch Ness, Scotland has begun filling with water.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond was invited to close a sluice gate on the reservoir at Glendoe, near Fort Augustus, in the Highlands. Work on the plant was started in 2006 when the then UK prime minister, Tony Blair, triggered a tunnel blast.

The £140m ($252m) project is to begin generating electricity by early 2009.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said that once it is operational, the scheme will provide power for 250 000 homes. It is the first large-scale hydroelectric project since 1957.

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