SSE’s flagship hydro scheme back online

The 100MW Glendoe hydro-electric scheme, near Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands, is back online and generating electricity.

Only a month after it was officially opened, the SSE site was forced to shut down in August 2009 following a rock fall which blocked the tunnel carrying water from the scheme reservoir to the power station.

Repair work began in April 2010 but due to the extent of the damage, SSE had to keep the site off line far longer than it originally planned.

SSE said in May that restoration works were almost complete and that it hoped Glendoe would be back online by the end of summer.

Following “very rigorous” restoration work, SSE today said Glendoe, which qualifies for one renewables obligation certificate (Roc) per megawatt hour, has re-started.