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Pipeline entering aluminium vorks power house and valve house, from south east. The pipline comprises 6 lap-joined steel pipes, 39 inches diameter each. Digital image of B 13432

SC 716974

Description Pipeline entering aluminium vorks power house and valve house, from south east. The pipline comprises 6 lap-joined steel pipes, 39 inches diameter each. Digital image of B 13432

Date 9/4/1991

Catalogue Number SC 716974

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 13432

Scope and Content Pipeline, Aluminium Works, Kinlochleven, Highland The aluminium works at Kinlochleven was built between 1904 and 1909 by the British Aluminium Company Limited. By 1911 the works were producing about 7,112 tonnes of aluminium per annum which was around 87% of the total output of the company at that time. The works closed in June 2000. This shows the six pipelines which brought water from Blackwater Dam to the works. The speed of the water was controlled by valves in the valve house which is the white building in the centre of the photograph. The energy of the water was harnessed by turbines in the power house which is the long building in the background. The power house produced the electricity which was used throughout the works. The manufacturing of aluminium requires a lot of energy and hydro-electric power is ideally suited because it is cheap and renewable. Aluminium is a lightweight metal which is strong and anti-corrosive. The metal was widely used for domestic utensils in the late 19th century. Today, aluminium is used mainly in aircraft manufacture. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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