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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 […]

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, […]

May 28th, 2016

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Change to position of Louvres in Pump House

We have received a report that a complaint has been made to the Planning authority about an allegedly unauthorized change to the design of the Pump House in contravention of the planning consent granted. Basically, in the original drawings of the Pump House, the louvre openings were located at the back of the building, pointing […]

May 22nd, 2016

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Further updates on Hydro

Sunday today and just back from holiday so walked the site from top to bottom as there have been a number of updates since we went away. At the top end, the Donich is still running diverted from its main bed, but the concrete dam seems nearly finished.  There is a corrugated concrete construction in […]

May 10th, 2016

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Cladding and perhaps some progress on the path

The pump house is now largely covered in wood cladding.  It actually doesn’t look bad, although I see little evidence of the recessing into the ground which had been promised during the planning process. On the hillside, there is some evidence that the reconstruction of the path may be beginning (just as well as there […]

Apr 29th, 2016

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Up at the Top

  Some photos of progress up at the top have been sent in.  It looks as though the river has been diverted out of its bed and through a pipe in order to allow in river work to take place.    

Apr 27th, 2016

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Some more changes

Some kind of equipment is now being fitted into the pump house.  I am wondering if this may be the sound insulation…. It also looks as though part of the hillside is in the process of reconstruction as a large wall of boulders has been built in to part of the gash in the hillside […]

Apr 27th, 2016

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Some finance details published

Some news about the finance deal was finally published on the Community Website. Info from Community Website It is interesting to see that the figure of £100,000 (gross) and £50,000 (net) income to the community which was mentioned in the minutes of the 2015 Lochgoilhead Community Trust AGM seems to have declined pretty radically to […]

Apr 21st, 2016

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Progress at the Pumphouse

The pump house is nearly finished and two large objects that look like air conditioning units are sitting in front of it.  They are labelled ‘sound control’ so I am guessing they must be noise insulation. I’ve not heard anything further from the Trust or anyone else on the Finance update which had been supposed […]