With the winter break now over work is back on track for the Arrochar Community Hydro Scheme. Thank you to Duncan MacLachlan from Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust for the latest progress report from up on the hill!
Our Hydro project has contractural work recommencing after the holiday shut down. We have SSE erecting poles for the power cable connection and the Building services team will be on site next week to fit Roof Sheeting and complete the Turbine House and outflow Tail Race area.
We’ve had delay in connecting the power cable, as SSE weren’t getting feedback from Network Rail accepting proposed works under the railway, which has the potential to hold up our Grid connection. We had to write to local politicians in government for them to put pressure on the relevant technical department at Network Rail to look at the methodology proposed and provide a prompt response.
Otherwise the Project is still within budget and the contractor is comfortable with other timelines and milestones.
We had another visit from the LL&T National Park Planning team last week, who were generally satisfied with construction and hillside reinstatement activities to date.
We may however require detailed discussion on measures they’d wish to see us address on Rhododendron management on final landscaping, as much of it could be outwith Community Hydro Scheme boundaries. As significant costs are associated with the shrub clearing work they would wish to see us deal with, that could through time regenerate given the extent of coverage all around the area, further consideration consideration is required.
The Helensburgh & District Access Trust were looking to visit the scheme in recent good weather to have a look at progress and the condition of the access track and the Three Lochs Way, something again we need to get together about in looking to improve the main An t-Sreang burn crossing which was commented upon by the National Park Planning team for future action.
Vikings and long boats!
We’re also having discussion with all stakeholders about creating a viewing and information platform adjacent to the Turbine House to tell the story of the elevated outlook position. Duncan…we can’t wait to see the final results!