S.36 Application Details

25th May 2022

Drax has submitted an application to Scottish Ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, seeking permission for the construction and operation of an electricity generating station.  The proposals are an expansion of the existing Cruachan Pumped Storage Hydro-electric (PSH) generation station, and will be capable of operating independently. The image above shows the proposed ‘Cruachan 2’ station alongside the existing ‘Cruachan 1’ station.

On this page you can view the full details of the application under the following headings:

  • S.36 Supporting documents
  • S.36 Application Drawings
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

How to comment

The application has been registered by the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government and the documents below are also provided on their webpage.  Formal comments on the proposals should be directed to the ECU and comments will be accepted until 9th July 2022.

To comment, visit the ECU website and click on ‘Register’ on the the top right hand corner of the page to register with the website. Once registration is complete comments can be submitted. The ECU provides detailed instructions on how to register and comment on applications here.

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S.36 Supporting Documents

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Planning Statement

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Statement of Consultation

S.36 Application Drawings

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Location Plan

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Cruachan 2 Scheme Layout

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Proposed Upper Intake Visualisation (Cruachan Reservoir)

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Proposed Lower Works Visualisation (Loch Awe)

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Annotated Proposed Lower Works Layout (Loch Awe)

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Proposed Quayside & Spoil Storage

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Proposed Upper Intake (Cruachan Reservoir)

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Proposed A85 Diversion

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3d View Cruachan 2

Environmental Impact Assessment

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EIA Non Technical Summary

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EIA Volume 1

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EIA Volume 2 (Appendices) Contents

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Figure 1.1 Site Location Plan

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Figure 2.1 Environmental Constraints

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Figure 3.1 Quayside and Lower Works

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Figures 3.3 & 3.4 Schematics of Proposed Layout

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Figure 3.5 A85 Diversion Works

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Figure 6.1 Geology Map

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Figure 6.2 Peat Depth Plan

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Figure 7.1 Hydrology Receptors

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Figure 10.1 Noise Receptors

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Figure 12.1 Designated Heritage Assets

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Figure 12.2 Non-Designated Heritage Assets

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Figure 13.1 Tourism & Recreation Receptors

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Appendix 1.2 Statement of Qualifications and Expertise

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Appendix 3.1 Draft Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP)

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Appendix 4.1 Schedule of Mitigation and Monitoring

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Appendix 6.1 Phase 1 Ground Conditions

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Appendix 6.2 Peat Management Plan (coming soon)

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Appendix 7.1 Hydrology Technical Note on Water Level Fluctuations in Loch Awe

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Appendix 7.2 Flood Risk Assessment

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Appendix 8.1 Non-Avian Terrestrial Ecology Technical Appendix

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Appendix 8.2 Avian Ecology Technical Appendix

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Appendix 8.3 Freshwater Technical Appendix

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Appendix 9.1 Transport Assessement

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Appendices 10.1 - 10.5 Noise and Vibration

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Appendix 11.1 LVIA Figures and Photomontages

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Appendix 11.2 Visual Receptor Assessment

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Appendix 12.1 Cultural Heritage Desk Based Assessment

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Appendix 13.1 Socioeconomics, Tourism & Recreation Detailed Baseline

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Appendix 13.2 Socioeconomics, Tourism & Recreation Policy Context

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Appendix 15.1 Climate Change Policy Review