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TITLE
Hydro workers at Scalpay Bay
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_005
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8884
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
electric supply cables
Scalpay Bay
Kylerhea
Hydro workers at Scalpay Bay

Shown here, James Fraser and Neil Campbell inspect a hydro electric pole at Scalpay Bay near Kyle of Lochalsh. The underwater supply cable crosses at this site to Loch na Beiste on the Isle of Skye. The original cable was put down in 1947. This 33,000 voltage cable is no longer the main supply. The higher voltage line now runs from Ardmore in the north, through the island, crossing to near the narrows at Kylerhea to 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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Hydro workers at Scalpay Bay

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

hydro-electric; electric supply cables; Scalpay Bay; Kylerhea

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

Shown here, James Fraser and Neil Campbell inspect a hydro electric pole at Scalpay Bay near Kyle of Lochalsh. The underwater supply cable crosses at this site to Loch na Beiste on the Isle of Skye. The original cable was put down in 1947. This 33,000 voltage cable is no longer the main supply. The higher voltage line now runs from Ardmore in the north, through the island, crossing to near the narrows at Kylerhea to the mainland.<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 />