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Kinlochleven Aluminium Works, Penstocks

Penstocks (20th Century)

Site Name Kinlochleven Aluminium Works, Penstocks

Classification Penstocks (20th Century)

Canmore ID 281677

Site Number NN16SE 3.08

NGR NN 19611 61545

NGR Description NN 19871 60976 to NN 19118 61767

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lismore And Appin (Lochaber)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NN16SE 3.08 19871 60976 to 19118 61767

Pipe Line [NAT] (at NN 1969 6139)

OS 1:10,000 map, 1971.

These grouped penstocks deliver the water supply to the Kinlochleven Aluminium Plant (NN16SE 3.00) from the pipeline NN26SW 3.01 to the power house (electricity generating station) NN16SE 3.02.

The location assigned to this record is arbitrary. The penstocks follow a circuitous course passing through the following points: NN 19871 60976, NN 19754 61171, NN 19670 61452, NN 19612 61546, NN 19133 61753 and NN 19118 61767.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 9 June 2006.


Field Visit (2010)

These pipes took water from the end of the conduit down to the powerhouse. The six parallel steel pipes are each 39 inches in diameter and fall 935 feet to the powerhouse. These pipes are a good example of the early use of steel pipes imported from Germany and are still functionally linked to the powerhouse. E Wood, 2002; P L Payne, 1988.


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