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Hydro power station to bring Dumfries & Galloway jobs boost

An impression of how the hydro power station would work. Credit: Media House
The Glenmuckloch site is currently a surface coal mine. Credit: ITV Border

A hydro power station is to be built in Dumfries and Galloway, bringing hundreds of temporary jobs to the area.

Scottish Ministers have granted approval for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro (PSH) electricity generation station in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel.

Around 327 temporary workers will be employed to build it, and up to 15 permanent jobs will be created to operate it.

The site is currently operated as a surface coal mine.

With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.

– Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown

The scheme is a joint venture between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables.

They say it would still need major financial investment from other partners to proceed.

Meetings have taken place with the UK Government – which sets energy policy – to discuss the need for a stable revenue mechanism that will encourage investment.