Plans for second power station on view

Taynuilt community councillor Murray Sim and villager Marlyn Turbitt at a Drax public consultation on plans to build a second underground power station at Cruachan

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Plans to more than double the generating capacity of the Hollow Mountain Cruachan Power Station can be seen at its visitor centre from today, March 17.

Proposals for a second underground power station near the existing one can also be seen online at www.cruachanexpansion.com

Around 900 jobs would be created during its construction, says Drax.

Earlier this week, the power company held its last round of community events at Dalmally Community Hall and Taynuilt Village Hall.

A Drax spokesperson said: ‘The previous round of public exhibitions revealed overwhelming support for the development. Since then, the project team has worked to refine the proposals.’

Steve Marshall, Drax’s development manager, said: ‘More than a hundred people attended the last round of public exhibitions, underlining the level of public interest in Drax’s exciting plans to expand Cruachan. This power station has been at the heart of the community for more than half a century and with this proposed investment from Drax, it will continue to be so for many more decades to come.

‘By expanding Cruachan, we will ensure more renewable power is available to Scotland’s homes and businesses, helping to reduce energy costs and emissions.’

After the public consultation, Drax will submit a Section 36 application to the Scottish Government for its consideration. A decision from the government is expected in 2023.

If planning application is approved, work to build the new capacity at Cruachan could start in 2024, with the station operational in 2030.

 

Caption: Taynuilt community councillor Murray Sim and villager Marlyn Turbitt at a Drax public consultation on plans to build a second underground power station at Cruachan.
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