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Inverawe Power Station

Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Site Name Inverawe Power Station

Classification Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Alternative Name(s) Awe Hydroelectric Power Scheme; Cruachan Hydro-electric Project

Canmore ID 294280

Site Number NN03SW 83

NGR NN 01699 32138

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Ardchattan And Muckairn (Argyll And Bute)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NN03SW 83.00 01695 32135

Inverawe Power Station [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1976.

NN03SW 83.01 NN 01796 32242 Surge Shaft

This conventional station was constructed as a detached element within the Cruachan pumped storage project. First commissioned in 1963, it is of 25mW capacity and has a fall of 118ft (36m).

P L Payne 1988; J Miller 2002.


Field Visit (2010)

Inverawe power station contains a single 25MW turbine and utilises water diverted via tunnel from the Awe Barrage (see separate item). The turbine needs an unusually high volume of water to run. It was designed as such because of the size of the catchment and the large fluctuations in water level which occur across it over time. The travelling gantry crane was constructed prior to the rest of the station which was built around it. Inverawe Power Station is a medium sized power station housing a single large turbine. The station is relatively plain to the exterior with detailing limited to a pedimented vehicular door surround with decorative plaque above. Somewhat unusually for a station of this size the roof is pitched. The station was fully refurbished in the early 21st century. PL Payne, 1988, 5; E Wood, 2002, 38; J Miller, 2002.


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