Kilmorack Power Station

A power station integrated into a dam across the River Beauly in Inverness-shire, Kilmorack is the final power station of the Affric-Beauly Hydro-Electric Power Scheme, reusing all of the water which has passed through stations to the west and also serving to regulate flow on the Beauly and prevent flooding. It is very similar in design to the Aigas Power Station which is situated 1¼ miles (2 km) upstream, except with a slightly larger concrete mass-gravity dam built across the river. The dimensios of this dam are 116m (380 feet) in length and 29m (95 feet) high and providing a head of water of 17m (56 feet). Opened in 1962, two 10 Megawatt Kaplan-type turbines are installed giving a total generation capacity of 20 MW. It contributes 58 million kW/hrs of electricity to the electricity grid. Originally built for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, the station is now operated by Scottish & Southern Energy Plc and was refurbished 2002-04. It incorporates a Borland fish pass to allow salmon to move upstream to their spawning grounds.

This station is connected to a line of pylons that collect power from the Deanie, Culligran and Aigas Power Stations, and delivers it to a sizeable substation at Balblair which feeds into the national grid.


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