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Orrin Power Station

Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Site Name Orrin Power Station

Classification Hydroelectric Power Station (Modern)

Alternative Name(s) Conon Valley Hydroelectric Power Schem

Canmore ID 312902

Site Number NH45SW 15

NGR NH 43603 54571

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Urray (Ross And Cromarty)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty


Field Visit (2010)

Orrin power station receives water via tunnel and pipe from Orrin dam some 5KM to the South East. The station houses a single 18MW turbine. It is located on a steeply sloping site, the turbine hall oversails the tailrace and is built into the hillside with a single storey section to the rear adjacent to a large transformer station connecting the station to the grid. this is a good example of a smaller power station forming a component of a larger scheme. The design of the station is characteristic of this period with large windows to the turbine hall and relatively limited architectural detailing. The site is narrow and steeply sloping which has resulted in some changes from the characteristic design features. The turbine hall is very tall and narrow and has a shallow pitched roof with a recessed ashlar panel and small windows to the centre of the gable end over a large teak vehicular access door. The advanced flat roofed block built into the hillside to the rear of the turbine hall has a panel of ashlar with relief carving of the name of the station. PL Payne, 1988, 5; E Wood, 2002, 38; J Miller, 2002.


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