Energy firm to fund £6m refurbishment of 20th century bridge

THE Glenlochar Barrage, a 103 metre-long bridge that spans across the River Dee, is to undergo a £6 million refurbishment.

Energy firm Drax confirmed that they will fund the project. The structure controls the flow of water from Loch Ken to Tongland power station and is a critical component of the scheme’s operations, which can produce enough renewable electricity to power 218,000 homes.

Ian Kinnaird, Drax’s head of hydro, said, “The Galloway hydro scheme has been generating flexible, renewable electricity for almost a century, and this major refurbishment will ensure it continues to do so for many years to come.

“Scotland has a long and proud history of hydroelectricity, and with this project Drax is ensuring these power stations play an important part in securing a net zero carbon future for our country.”

The barrage will be fully refurbished over the next three years, with KGAL Consulting Engineers and AJT Engineering working on the project.

Andy Neill, AJT Engineering’s division manager, said, “We are delighted to be able to support Drax on this major project with our extensive experience in this type refurbishment works, extending the life span of critical infrastructure for future generations.”

Nicholas Crosby, KGAL’s associate director, added, “A number of our engineers started their careers with the original supplier of the gates, so it’s appropriate that they now apply their skills to extending the life of this structure.”