Proposed 600MW plant would be built next to existing pumped hydro station inside Argyll’s highest mountain and help provide critical balancing services to grid. Drax has announced it has started the planning process for a new underground power plant at its existing pumped storage hydro power station in Argyll that will more than double the facility’s generating capacity. The UK power company said the project would be built within a hollowed-out cavern just to the east of an operational 440GW pumped storage hydro storage station inside Argyll’s highest mountain, Ben Cruachan. Drax said the proposed 600MW power plant would provide “critical” storage capacity that would help balance Scotland’s electricity grid as more renewable generation comes online and the country works towards it aim of achieving net zero emissions by 2045. The project will generate enough power for around a million homes and bring the overall capacity of its ‘Hollow Mountain’ Cruachan power station to 1.04GW, it added.
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Will Gardiner, Drax’s chief executive, said: “Last year, the UK’s lack of energy storage capacity meant wind farms had to be paid to turn off and we lost out on enough renewable power to supply a million homes. We need to stop renewable power from going to waste.” Work on the project could begin as soon as 2024 and the plant could be operational by 2030.
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