We are still progressing, but a couple of unexpected obstacles have had to be dealt with. Alignment of the inlet pipe with the turbine was not good enough and has required some re-modelling and re-alignment, this is in hand. The major delay however relates to our generator which was damaged in transit; a new generator is being supplied but will not be available until late June.
In the last couple of months there has been progress in several areas, not as much as had been expected but progress nonetheless. We now have the turbine and draft tube in place and the pipework lined up with it. Grouting in the turbine and casting the third and final thrust block are on course to happen this week. As soon as we have a credible completion date you will read it here.
The inclusion of a valve to enable emergency draining of the dam was a design requirement. While we hope never to use it we needed to test that it works. This was done last week and the picture gives you some idea of the power we are in process of harnessing.
Since the last entry in the blog ‘visible progress’ has been on holiday. We have our control panel in place, a connection to the grid and a broadband link; we need now a turbine and a generator too. However the turbine and generator, currently stored in Kilsyth, are now scheduled to be moved into the building on 20th April, the delay being largely due to the availability of certain key people.
The link to the grid is now in place, thank you SPN, and the first significant piece of equipment is also in place. Harlaw Hydro, Kestral Controls and SJB Construction teamed up to maneuver the control panel into the building today.
The Turbine House now has walls and all being well in a weeks time it will have a roof.
SJB solved the concrete delivery problem! We now have the floor of the turbine house completed and will soon have a turbine house ready for the turbine.
No shortage of water at the moment. The ‘staircase’ on 12th January.
In November the project spend reached the point where Harlaw Hydro could apply to HMRC for acceptance into the Seed Enterprise investment Scheme (SEIS). The paperwork was submitted to HMRC and they responded with a bundle of blank SEIS3 forms, one for each member in the first share issue. Harlaw Hydro has completed its part of the forms and they are being distributed to the relevant members.
This milestone allows us to issue the second tranche of share certificates, these too have been prepared and are being distributed to the relevant members.