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Hydro Electric Scheme

Environment & Energy
  • LocationPeterculter
  • ClientGordon Investment Corporation Ltd

Full EIA scoping, and EIA co‐ordination and planning application were prepared for Aberdeen City’s first hydro electric power scheme.

Patrick Parsons undertook preliminary design of the engineering layout and section drawings, multi‐disciplinary stakeholder consultation and negotiation. The site was situated in an environmentally sensitive Burn, partly within the River Dee SAC.

The scheme involved installing a hydro power plant, hydro channel with intakes and associated fish pass to traverse the 5m high historic mill dam, which was recognised as the main obstacle preventing migration of salmon and sea trout to the upland 143km Culter Burn catchment. The single Archimedes screw turbine has a capacity of 100kW and an annual power output of 430MWh, saving 233 tonnes of carbon from fossil fuel emissions.