£160M UK pumped storage facility receives approval

WCN Editorial Team 10 Mar 2017 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro (SPH) has secured approval from the UK government to construct a £160M pumped storage facility in North Wales.

Energy and infrastructure specialists at GVA’s planning team in Cardiff submitted the application for a DCO (development consent order) for the facility.

To be located at the Glyn Rhonwy and Chwarel Fawr quarries, near Llanberis [pictured] in North Wales, the pumped storage scheme will have a production capacity of 99.9MW.

It will include two 1.3M cb m reservoirs linked by a 1.6km underground pipeline through a 99.9MW capacity turbine hall located at approximately 70m below ground level.

The project is expected to have an operational life of around 125 years and support up to 30 full time local jobs, as well as hundreds of jobs during construction.

Ben Lewis, GVA’s director in Cardiff who advised SPH on the planning, said: “The need for grid-scale storage is now firmly on the UK Government’s agenda. As the UK moves towards an increased proportion of its electricity being generated from renewable sources, there is an increasing requirement for grid-scale batteries to balance supply and demand across the grid.

“Pumped storage is one of the most efficient ways to provide these batteries. We are delighted to be involved in such an exciting project.”

The development represents the first of a series of projects that SPH, the parent company of Quarry Battery Company, aims to develop throughout the UK.

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