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Aug 1st, 2016

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No idea what is happening now…

Most active work at the hydro now seems to have ceased (possibly for the Glasgow fair holiday?).  The path is still unsurfaced and looks like a building site; I asked the planning department if it was still supposed to be opening on 1st August (which is now today) and they had no info that it […]

Jul 22nd, 2016

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Doors on and a Satellite Dish appears

The doors are now on the pump house and a satellite dish has appeared at the back. The tailrace now seems to be finished apart from there is no grill over it (there are slots for it), leaving a huge bore pipe for animals to wander in to.  I’ll mention this to the planners (again).  […]

Jul 12th, 2016

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More progress

Things are coming on apace now.  In the pump house all the electrics are now wired in and attached to the turbine.  There is a new door lying on its side outside so these may be some of the last shots I can take of the interior. The tailrace was completed today; the last tree […]

Jul 10th, 2016

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Turbine Test

I have been told that the turbine was tested on Friday and was not successful due to lack of torque causing a leak in one of the pipes.  This would fit in with what I have seen for myself because on Friday night the Czech company who made the turbine were onsite inspecting it.   […]

Jul 7th, 2016

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Significant progress made on path

There has been a lot of progress made on the path in the last couple of days.  A lot of it has been levelled off ready to be surfaced, and (critically) drainage pipes are now funnelling the water into a channel at the side rather than having it running down the middle.  A lot of […]

Jul 6th, 2016

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Further communication about the Louvres

We have now received a further communication from Hydroplan apologising for the lack of consultation about the Louvres and stating unequivocally their commitment to ensuring that the scheme complies with the noise limits laid out in the original planning consent.  This was their answers to residents’ questions. Who exactly made the decision to alter the position of […]

Jul 5th, 2016

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Arrival of the Turbine

The turbine has arrived in the Pump House.  A large doughnut shaped object has been placed around the hole which runs to the tailrace, and the large red thing in the photo (technical term) looks as though it will fit into it. This all looks as though it has the potential to be very noisy […]

Jul 1st, 2016

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Further Path Closure

I heard back from the Planning Department today that they have given consent for Hydroplan to close the path for a further four weeks.  This will take the closure through to the end of July and will be seven months that it has been unavailable.  A few points come to mind… a) It was pointed […]

Jun 28th, 2016

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A new piece of Machinery appears

A new piece of machinery has appeared at the back of the pump house.  We think that this is the “Ring Main Unit” (RMU) which caused all the hassle with the misplacement of the louvres as it had not been included in the original design.  This is used to connect the hydro to the grid […]

Jun 13th, 2016

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State of the Hydro

A few things… Firstly the construction is progressing at a reasonable pace.  I walked the length of the development late one evening.  At the top, the dam is completed and the pipe is ready for the Donich to be diverted into it.  Unfortunately for anyone hoping to make a lot of electricity out of it, […]