MHG95 - Pipeline, Kinlochleven Aluminium Works

Summary

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)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

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The scheduling of this aqueduct and pipeline was revoked in December 2011 due to the new category A listing of the associated buildings.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> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<2> Burgess, C, 1996, Pre-afforestation survey at Kinlochleven, Site 62 (Text/Report). SHG21147.


<3> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<4> Historic Scotland, 12/2011, Exclusion from schedule - Kinlochleven, hydro-electric power station, aqueduct and dam (Text/Designation Notification/Scheduled Monument). SHG25601.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NN 2189 6071 (5577m by 2125m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NN26SW
Civil Parish LISMORE AND APPIN
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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