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TITLE
Hydro Workers repairing Hydro lines
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_8_038
PLACENAME
Achnashellach
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochcarron
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8849
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Achnashellach
River Carron
Hydro Workers repairing Hydro lines

In the 1980s an uncommonly high level of rainfall caused water levels of the River Carron to rise and flood the banks in some areas. Some of the hydro electric poles near the river bank became unstable and even toppled into the river taking great stretches of lines and poles down. Damage was so extensive that extra workers were called up from southern depots to assist the local workforce in getting service back to normal. The only access to some of the poles was through the river and without the limitations of risk assessment that is prominent to-day, the workers opt for a lift on the only 'water taxi' available to get on with the job! Since then, all the lines have been replaced with the new route away from the river.

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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Hydro Workers repairing Hydro lines

ROSS: Lochcarron

1980s

hydro-electric; Achnashellach; River Carron

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In the 1980s an uncommonly high level of rainfall caused water levels of the River Carron to rise and flood the banks in some areas. Some of the hydro electric poles near the river bank became unstable and even toppled into the river taking great stretches of lines and poles down. Damage was so extensive that extra workers were called up from southern depots to assist the local workforce in getting service back to normal. The only access to some of the poles was through the river and without the limitations of risk assessment that is prominent to-day, the workers opt for a lift on the only 'water taxi' available to get on with the job! Since then, all the lines have been replaced with the new route away from the river.<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 />