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TITLE
Helicopter delivering cement to site
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_8_024
PLACENAME
Strollamus
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8829
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
helicopters
cement
Waternish
Western Isles
Helicopter delivering cement to site

Helicopters are frequently hired by the Hydro Board to transport machinery and materials to remote or difficult to access sites. Shown here the helicopter is lowering a barrel of cement to where a hydro pole is in position. In this exposed area, the cement would be needed as a sub base to stabilize the pole. This was during the construction of the main 123,000 voltage line which runs through the Isle of Skye from Waternish in the north to Kylerhea in the south. At each end, the cables then go underwater to connect with Uist and Harris in the north, and Glenelg on the mainland in the south.

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 delivering cement to site

INVERNESS: Strath

1990s

hydro-electric; helicopters; cement; Waternish; Western Isles

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

Helicopters are frequently hired by the Hydro Board to transport machinery and materials to remote or difficult to access sites. Shown here the helicopter is lowering a barrel of cement to where a hydro pole is in position. In this exposed area, the cement would be needed as a sub base to stabilize the pole. This was during the construction of the main 123,000 voltage line which runs through the Isle of Skye from Waternish in the north to Kylerhea in the south. At each end, the cables then go underwater to connect with Uist and Harris in the north, and Glenelg on the mainland in the south.<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><br />