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TITLE
Officials at Storr Lochs Power Station
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_4_018
PLACENAME
Storr Lochs
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
DATE OF IMAGE
31 May 1952
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8630
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Storr Lochs
Torquil Nicolson
railway
Officials at Storr Lochs Power Station

This photograph was taken on 31st May 1952 at the official opening of the Storr Lochs Hydro Electric Scheme. On the right is Torquil Nicolson, the Area Manager for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, along with two head office officials. They are standing at a viewpoint at the top of the cable railway which runs down the 107 metre cliff to the power station below.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Officials at Storr Lochs Power Station

INVERNESS: Portree

1950s

hydro-electric; Storr Lochs; Torquil Nicolson; railway

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

This photograph was taken on 31st May 1952 at the official opening of the Storr Lochs Hydro Electric Scheme. On the right is Torquil Nicolson, the Area Manager for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, along with two head office officials. They are standing at a viewpoint at the top of the cable railway which runs down the 107 metre cliff to the power station below. <br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>