The Bruar Hydro Project is a 1.9MW scheme located on the Atholl Estate near Pitlochry, Perthshire. It is a joint development between Gilkes Energy and the Atholl Estate.
A 4.5km pipe transfers water from the intake to the powerhouse. This vertical drop, known as the 'Gross Head' of the project is 90m. The pipeline is made of Glass-fibre Reinforced Plastic (GRP). A Gilkes Twin Francis solution is used, operating at a design flow of 2,450 l/s. This turbine is a reaction type turbine which is optimised for medium-head, high-flow applications and provides high efficiency at peak power.
Initial feasibility work first started in 2009. Planning permission and SEPA license were received in late 2012 and construction will start in earnest in February 2014. As well as being an investment partner in the project, Gilkes Energy is also the lead engineer, providing design, project management and construction supervision services. The lead civil contractor is Global Infrastructure, an experienced civil contractor from Inverness.
The project started generating in June 2015 and was delivered on time and on budget.
See photographs above of both the construction phase and the finished project.
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