Scottish & Southern Energy to Restart Glendoe hydro Plant in 2012

Scottish and Southern Energy said electricity production at its 100-MW Glendoe hydropower plant should resume in the first half of 2012 now that construction of new tunnels at the plant is fully under way.

SSE had to shut the plant down in August 2009 after rock falls partially blocked the main tunnel carrying water from the reservoir to the power station, according to Dow Jones Newswires. The shutdown has crimped SSE’s total power output, but had only a small impact on overall earnings.

The Scottish utility included the Glendoe update in a news release that updated the market on its five-year new construction plan, which centers on building new wind capacity in the UK.

The utility also raised the prospect of a small postponement in the startup of the 350-MW Clyde onshore wind farm as issues surrounding the impact of the turbines on the local air transport radar system are resolved. “This process may delay the start of electricity generation at Clyde but it is still expected to take place in the early part of the new financial year,” it said in a statement.

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