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Nant Power Station

Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Site Name Nant Power Station

Classification Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Alternative Name(s) Awe Hydroelectric Scheme; Cruachan Hydroelectric Scheme; Loch Awe

Canmore ID 173671

Site Number NN02SW 57

NGR NN 01578 20825

NGR Description Centred on entrance

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilchrenan And Dalavich
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NN02SW 57.00 centered 016 212

NN02SW 57.01 0076 2168 Tunnel Entrance

NN02SW 57.02 0053 2181 Dam

NN02SW 57.03 016 212 Turbine Hall

NN02SW 57.04 0158 2082 Tunnel Entrance

NN02SW 57.05 0222 2059 Outlet

This conventional station was constructed as a detached element within the Cruachan pumped storage project. First commissioned in 1963, it is of 15mW capacity and has a fall of 564ft (172m).

P L Payne 1988; J Miller 2002.


Field Visit (2010)

Nant is a relatively small station with an operating capacity of 15MW and was one of the last stations commissioned by NoSHEB. The station uses water from Loch Nant (see separate item for dam) which comes through a tunnel to a surge shaft above the station where additional water from other catchments is also piped in. Water then enters a pressure tunnel to reach the turbine. Nant power station is a relatively small underground station, with the powerhouse blasted from solid bedrock. It is amongst the deepest of the underground stations in Scotland. The interior of the station is predominantly standard for this type as is the large arched access tunnel portal. PL Payne, 1988, 5; E Wood, 2002, 38; J Miller, 2002.


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