Next round of public consultation on Cruachan expansion
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Renewable power company Drax has announced dates for its next round of public consultations on plans to more than double the generating capacity of its “Hollow Mountain” power plant.
According to plans, a second underground power station will be built next to the existing one in Cruachan.
Around 900 jobs will be created and indirectly supported during the construction of the new power plant, providing a huge boost to communities around Loch Awe and across Argyll, Drax said.
People will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposals at two consultation exhibitions where members of the project team will answer questions and discuss the planning process, design stages, work program, construction and operation of the Cruachan expansion.
The sessions will take place at the Dalmally Community Center on Tuesday, November 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at the Taynuilt village hall on Wednesday, December 1 also from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Steve Marshall, Director of Development for Drax, said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible over the two days, so we encourage everyone who lives locally and can attend the upcoming exhibits.
“Cruachan has created and supported jobs in Argyll for over 50 years and through our exciting expansion plans we will ensure that the station remains at the heart of the community, as well as the Scottish energy system, for many decades to come. future.
“The recent COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow underlined the need to invest in renewable energies to decarbonize our economy.
‘In 2020, enough wind power to power a million homes was wasted in the UK because there was not enough capacity to ensure that this excess renewable energy was stored and made available when needed. was necessary.
“By developing Cruachan, we will help prevent this from happening by ensuring that more renewable energy is available to Scottish homes and businesses, when they need it, reducing costs while helping the planet.”
There will be another exhibit early next year before Drax submits a Section 36 application to the Scottish Government for consideration.
The submission is expected to be made in the spring, and a government decision is expected to be received in 2023.
The project needs financial stability support from the UK government to secure private investment in long-term storage sites like Cruachan. If this happens and the planning request is approved, construction work on the second station in Cruachan could begin in 2024 and the facility will be operational in 2030.
Caption: Renewable energy company Drax launches the next stage of its public consultation on its exciting plans to more than double the production capacity of its iconic Cruachan “Hollow Mountain” power plant.