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TITLE
Damage at Nostie Bridge Power Station
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_16_006
PLACENAME
Nostie Bridge
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
1 July 1996
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9237
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Nostie Bridge
flooding
turbine
Damage at Nostie Bridge Power Station

In July 1996 one of the main water pipes to the power station at Nostie Bridge ruptured causing considerable damage. The force of the water caused the surrounding ground outside to be torn up. The rear door of the building caved in resulting in the power station itself flooding. This photograph shows the inside of the power station where the flood water had reached half way up the walls leaving this turbine covered in mud and water. The whole system had to be shut down for months to dig up and replace pipes, clean the power station, and repair or replace damaged machinery. Supply was re-established in December 1997.

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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Damage at Nostie Bridge Power Station

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

hydro-electric; Nostie Bridge; flooding; turbine

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In July 1996 one of the main water pipes to the power station at Nostie Bridge ruptured causing considerable damage. The force of the water caused the surrounding ground outside to be torn up. The rear door of the building caved in resulting in the power station itself flooding. This photograph shows the inside of the power station where the flood water had reached half way up the walls leaving this turbine covered in mud and water. The whole system had to be shut down for months to dig up and replace pipes, clean the power station, and repair or replace damaged machinery. Supply was re-established in December 1997.<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>