Renewable Energy Scheme:  Selset
Client:   RWE npower renewables

JN Bentley has recently completed a significant 750kW hydropower project worth 996,000 with one of our blue-chip clients, RWE npower renewables.  


RWE npower renewables is a UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy (which also owns npower the UKs largest electricity supplier) and has stated its aim to be at the forefront of realising Government targets to source 15% of electricity from renewables by 2015.

Our contract comprised the civils works associated with the installation of a new Francis turbine at Selset Reservoir, which is owned by another of our clients, Northumbrian Water (NWL). Other supporting works, including a new access road and the necessary mechanical and electrical works, also formed part of our contract. 

The plant produces enough electricity for approximately 1000 homes.

The scheme works by connecting into the existing discharge mains from the reservoir and diverting some of the flow into the hydro plant power house, which we also built as part of the contract.

To ensure the new power house is sympathetic to the picturesque surroundings, the steel portal is clad with masonry and appropriate roofing materials to give the impression of being traditionally built.

Working collaboratively with the client and NWL Operations from the early planning stages onwards, we also constructed the large diameter outfall pipework and structures needed downstream of the power house. 

We are also working with RWE npower renewables on the 3.5MW Black Rock 'run of river' hydropower plant at Evanton, near Inverness in Scotland.

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