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Invergarry Primary School gives Coire Glas exploratory works the thumbs up

29 Nov 2023

SSE Renewables welcomed P5-P7 pupils from Invergarry Primary School to visit its Coire Glas project at Loch Lochy.

12 pupils spent the afternoon on site learning about the exploratory works that are underway and how the tunnel is created. The children were shown rock samples extracted from 500m into the tunnel, which are thought to be approximately 330million years old.

Coire Glas is a hydro pumped storage scheme with a potential to provide 30GWhrs, which is enough storage to power over three million homes for 24 hours. Located at Loch Lochy, it will be the first large scale pumped storage project to be developed in the UK for more than 40 years.

The children said their highlights was seeing the exploratory tunnel and “the Boomer”, which is the machine used for drilling.

"The children have not stopped talking about their trip to Coire Glas and have asked to find out more about the geology, technology and health and safety on such a site. No doubt we'll be keeping the staff busy with some engaged and enquiring minds."

Tim Perkins Principal Teacher at Invergarry Primary School

"We had a great afternoon on site with the children. We look forward to working with local schools to inspire young people to consider green jobs and make them aware of the opportunities available on their doorstep."

Jade O’Hara Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Coire Glas

SSE Renewables is celebrating 80 years of hydropower and the Coire Glas team look forward to visiting the school, where the children will learn more about the project and the history of hydro in the Great Glen.