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Hydro-Electric Schemes

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can give the details of the expenditure on the Tummel-Garry hydro-electric project.

The estimated cost of the mechanical and electrical work for the project is £1,172,000 and of the civil engineering works, including the power stations, £5,006,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a list of schemes prepared, or in course of preparation, by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board; and to what extent the provision of electricity supplies in the remoter parts of the Highlands and Islands would be jeopardised if the Tummel-Garry scheme were abandoned.

The following schemes have been prepared or are in course of preparation by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board:

Constructional Schemes

  • Sloy, Morar and Lochalsh.
  • Tummel-Garry and Gairloch.
  • Fannich.
  • Cowal.
  • Shira.
  • Skye.
  • Findhorn-Duntelchaig.
  • Affric.
  • Transmission from Shira and Sloy to Central Scotland.
  • Transmission from Tummel-Garry to Southern Perthshire.
  • Transmission from Fannich to Inverness, Keith and Aberdeen.
  • Staff housing for Sloy.

Surveys are now being made for schemes to supply Orkney, Shetland, Kintyre, Caithness, Ullapool and Lochinver. Where, as in the case of Orkney and Shetland, water-power resources are small, it is proposed to supply distribution schemes if necessary from oil engines.

Distribution Schemes

  • Orkney.
  • Shetland.
  • Morar.
  • Lochalsh.
  • North Cowal.
  • South Cowal.
  • Bute.
  • Great Cumbrae.
  • Gairloch.
  • Ullapool.
  • Lochinver.
  • Skye.
  • The Outer Hebrides.
  • Islay.
  • Mull, Luing and Seil.
  • Arran.

If the Tummel-Garry Scheme were abandoned, provision of electricity supplies to nearly one-third of these schemes would immediately be jeopardised and the supply to all of them would be seriously retarded.