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Sep 14th, 2016

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Hydro Commissioned

The Hydro had to be commissioned this week to get the advantageous FIT tariff rate. This appears to have occurred (although it would appear that in any case it only needs to have run for any time period however brief before the cut-off date to be eligible). We would presume, however that it is still […]

Aug 25th, 2016

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Further updates on the Donich Circular Path

Concerns continue over the path up to the waterfall.  This is the response I received from the planning authority relating to the concerns I have been reporting around the restoration of the path. “The NP Access Officer (Guy Keating) has been in on-going discussion with the Project Manager regarding the restoration of the footpath and […]

Aug 7th, 2016

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Some pictures of the ‘Top End’

We had some pictures of the top end of the hydro sent in today – everything up there looks more or less finished. At times there also seems to be a little water running through the main pipe and coming out of the tailrace.  This was the situation this morning. But when I went to look tonight, […]

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.   […]

Apr 5th, 2016

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Pipe Connected

The pipe is now connected at the back of the pump house, and has been buried under the path to the Scottish Water installation and also down the hillside as far as I can see from the bottom. They have also just laid the first courses of breeze blocks which will form the pump house […]

Apr 2nd, 2016

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Silt Again

These photos were sent in by a concerned local resident and shows the amount of debris which is getting in to the Donich. One of them shows the junction between the Donich and the Goil to demonstrate the difference. . I’ve noticed myself the amount of silt which is getting washed down the river – […]

Apr 1st, 2016

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Pump House

I noticed yesterday that the skeleton for the pump house has been installed. It is not quite as tall as I had imagined it, but is still going to be quite a substantial building. They have also cut the pipeline trench to where you can see it from Inveronich (not a good picture but it […]

Mar 28th, 2016

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Update on Donich Hydro Finance from Trust AGM

These notes were taken at the Loch Goil Trust AGM meeting which occurred on 16th March 2016 by an attendee member. We did not publish them until now as they were still subject to contract. We have asked the Trust whether or not the matter is now completely finalized. “At the recent Lochgoilhead trust AGM […]

Oct 25th, 2015

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Update on progress

The work seems to be progressing according to schedule at the inlet (top) end of the project. The gallery pictures (click on the main image picture for more) were taken this afternoon. Some large gauge pipes have arrived on site, one culvert has been cut to let a stream flow into the Donich, and there […]

Oct 14th, 2015

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Considerably more construction work done

With the road finished, the construction work has moved to the ‘top end’ where the dam is to be created. I walked up to take a look last night – they seem to be working very hard as there are people there until the light is going at night. To see the work in progress […]