Leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros will add to its extensive portfolio of renewable energy projects in Scotland when it embarks on a scheme to generate electricity from flowing water.
The project, at Allt Gruiniche, Taynuilt in Argyll and Bute, will be the first hydropower scheme undertaken by Jones Bros in Scotland.
Engineers plan to install specialist HDPE (high density polyethylene) pipes to take flowing water from a river and transfer it to a pumping station that will also be constructed by Jones Bros.
The project is being carried out on behalf of client Angus Douglas and the electricity generated will be fed into the National Grid.
It comes as the family firm wins a raft of new contracts in Scotland, including the building of a community wind farm in Srondoire, Argyll and the construction of a landfill site near Wick in the northern Highlands.
The hydropower scheme will provide an economic boost to the area as local people will be recruited for various roles including tree fellers and labourers. It is being developed for client Angus Douglas.
Mike O’Connor, regional manager for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking our first hydropower project in Scotland. This is a significant development for us and we are hopeful it will lead to further similar projects.
“Having won several new contracts in Scotland including wind farms and the development of a landfill site, and as we wait for news on other projects in the pipeline, we are feeling extremely optimistic about the future having established a very firm footing in Scotland.”
Jones Bros has two offices in Scotland, in Linlithgow and Inverness and firmly established its reputation with renewable energy projects by completing the Crystal Rig 11 wind farm in the Scottish borders. Engineers overcame severe weather and a remote environment to create one of the UK’s largest wind farms.
Other projects have included a wind farm near Aberdeen, a landfill site and wind farm in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides and a wind farm at Lochluichart in the Highlands, on behalf of client Eneco, which was recently completed. Other wind farm projects include Mid Hill, near Aberdeen and Rothes 11near Elgin.
Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros works on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.