New 400-MW Scottish hydro power project gets go-ahead as Scots Energy Minister opens Wood Group’s renewable energy global control centre in Glasgow

sgurr-energy-global-control-centre-formally-opened-by-scottish-energy-minister-paul-wheelhouse-second-leftPlans to build a new 400-MW pumped-storage hydro power plant in Dumfries-shire have been given the go ahead.

The Glenmuckloch hydro project site – which previously operated as a surface coal mine – is being developed by Greenock-based 2020 Renewables.

It will employ 15 full time workers when built, and will create more than 300 jobs during the construction phase.

Pumped storage hydro-electricity stations have the capacity to store large quantities of energy, providing important flexibility in electricity supply when there is a greater proportion of electricity from renewable energy technologies.

Approving the project, Scottish Trade & Industry Minister Keith Brown said: “Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland last year, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low-carbon economy.

“We believe there is a huge opportunity around pumped storage hydro. This tried and tested technology can support peak demand and effectively store greater levels of electricity at times when renewable energy output is high but demand is low.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has formally opened the upgraded global control centre in Glasgow from where Sgurr Energy – part of the Wood Group oil and gas services conglomerate – provides clients with a renewable-energy asset management service (pictured above).

Bob MacDonald, Chief Executive of Wood Group’s Specialist Technical Solutions, said: “We are firmly focused on driving further growth in our clean energy business through expanding the innovative technical services we provide to meet the challenges of our clients across the renewable sector.

“The official opening of the Sgurr Control Centre reflects this commitment, embracing new technology that enables us to further enhance how we efficiently and effectively deliver competitive solutions.”

Pictured with Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse (second left) are Sgurr Energy team members (from left):  Garth Wilson (Asset Management Team Leader), Robbie Gibson (Director of Asset Management), Martin Letham (Control Centre Supervisor), Steve McDonald (Implementation Director) and Kevin Groom (International Controller).

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