A power plant carved out of a mountain gets £1 million upgrade


The Cruachan Power Station has a capacity of 440 megawatts.


A hydroelectric pumped storage facility housed in a hollowed-out Scottish mountain is to benefit from a £1 million ($1.32 million) upgrade to improve its efficiency.

Drax Group’s Cruachan Power Station, also known as the “Hollow Mountain,” has a capacity of 440 megawatts and is able to provide power to over 90,000 homes.

Its turbine hall, which is home to four generators, is based one kilometer within Ben Cruachan, a 1,126 meter mountain in the Scottish Highlands. The site was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, with its final two turbines coming online in 1966 and 1967.

In an announcement Monday, Drax explained…


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