MHG95 - Pipeline, Kinlochleven Aluminium Works
Modern pipeline serving Kinlochleven aluminium works. Associated construction works, such as a crane and railway beds run in the vicinity of the pipeline.
Type and Period (3)
- PIPELINE (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
- AQUEDUCT (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
- RAILWAY (20th Century - 1901 AD to 2000 AD)
- None recorded
The pipeline runs from the power house at Kinlochleven (MHG33837) to the valve house (MHG22201) at 220199 760451. It then turns into a 'conduit' - sometimes referred to as an aqueduct, running all the way to the main dam at the head of Blackwater Reservoir (MHG94).
This system formed part of a hydro-electric power scheme that was at one time the biggest in Europe. The monument was scheduled in 1994. Groups of penstocks regulated the water supply to the Aluminium plant. <1>
Running parallel and on the north side of the pipeline running from the Blackwater dam to the Aluminium smelter is the remains of a rail bed. The tracks are set into concrete 0.5m apart. Over this track is a pylon that appears to have carried an overhead cable. The pylon is situated to the immediate west of the valve house (MHG22201). <2>
A rail bed running to the S of the pipeline was noted during a site visit in 2010. <3>
The scheduling of this aqueduct and pipeline was revoked in December 2011 due to the new category A listing of the associated buildings. <4>
- <1> Verbal Communication: Puls, A. Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist.
- <2> Text/Report: Burgess, C. 1996. Pre-afforestation survey at Kinlochleven. AOC Archaeology Group. . . Site 62.
- <3> Verbal Communication: Puls, A. Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist.
- <4> Text/Designation Notification/Scheduled Monument: Historic Scotland. 12/2011. Exclusion from schedule - Kinlochleven, hydro-electric power station, aqueduct and dam. Digital (scanned as PDF).
|Grid reference||Centred NN 2189 6071 (5577m by 2125m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Civil Parish||LISMORE AND APPIN|
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Investigations/Events (1)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/76446 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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