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TITLE
Helicopter reeling out electricity wires
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_8_019
PLACENAME
Strollamus
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8820
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
helicopters
Western Isles
cables
Kylerhea
Helicopter reeling out electricity wires

The Hydro Board often contracts helicopters to provide access to more remote or difficult to reach areas. Shown here, a helicopter is reeling out the hydro line as part of the construction of the line running through the Isle of Skye. This 123,000 voltage main line runs from Waternish in the north, to Kylerhea in the south. In the north, the line divides and underwater cables take the supply to Uist and Harris. In the south an underwater cable crosses to Glenelg on the mainland.



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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Helicopter reeling out electricity wires

INVERNESS: Strath

1990s

hydro-electric; helicopters; Western Isles; cables; Kylerhea

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

The Hydro Board often contracts helicopters to provide access to more remote or difficult to reach areas. Shown here, a helicopter is reeling out the hydro line as part of the construction of the line running through the Isle of Skye. This 123,000 voltage main line runs from Waternish in the north, to Kylerhea in the south. In the north, the line divides and underwater cables take the supply to Uist and Harris. In the south an underwater cable crosses to Glenelg on the mainland.<br /><br /> <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 /> <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 /> <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 /><br /> <br /><br /> This image can be purchased.<br /><br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /><br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br /><br />