The Oban Times - - Districts -

An open day was held at the Lochy hy­dro project near Dal­mally. The rather damp day did not de­ter peo­ple from com­ing along and, given that it was per­fect hy­dro weather, it was quite ap­pro­pri­ate that wa­ter­proofs and wellies were the or­der of the day.

The event gave peo­ple the chance to see all as­pects of a hy­dro power in­stal­la­tion and kicked off with a short in­tro­duc­tion from hy­dro sales man­ager Mathew Crosher on the key points of the scheme.

The Lochy project is a 2MW clas­sic medium-head, high-flow scheme in­cor­po­rat­ing a large sin­gle in­take, large-bore pipe­line and two dis­sim­i­lar Gilkes Francis tur­bines in­stalled in a new pur­pose-built pow­er­house.

Gilkes first be­came in­volved in the project in 2010, fol­low­ing Gilkes En­ergy’s in­ten­tion to de­velop the scheme on the na­tional for­est es­tate which is man­aged by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land. The scheme started gen­er­at­ing in July 2016.

The scheme is ad­ja­cent to the Eas a Ghail pow­er­house which is a 1.5MW scheme util­is­ing a twin jet pel­ton tur­bine, which was also open for view­ing.

Dur­ing the day both the Gilkes and Gilkes En­ergy teams were on hand to an­swer ques­tions while guests had ac­cess to the pow­er­house, along with guided tours up to both in­takes.

Caterer Claire Cameron pro­vided ba­con rolls and hot soup to warm ev­ery­one up af­ter the trips up to the in­take and there was an added sur­prise with en­ter­tain­ment from the Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band.

To sign up for the 2018 open day mail­ing list visit www. gilkes.com/event-signup.

Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band en­ter­tain.

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