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Kielder Water Hydroelectric Scheme
Falstone, near Hexham, Northumberland, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1st January 1984
era  Modern  |  category  Power Generation  |  reference  NY708878
Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, with the biggest hydroelectric plant in England. The reservoir is also used to regulate flows into the Rivers Tyne, North Tyne, Derwent, Wear and Tees.
Kielder Water holds up to 200 million cubic metres of water. It covers an area of 1,086 hectares, with a shoreline 43km long and its deepest point 52m below water level. Releases of water for river regulation and hydroelectricity are controlled by the Environment Agency. Total water releases are set at a maximum of 1.3 million cubic metres per day.
The power stationís turbine house is situated just below the dam. The four turbines have a combined total output of 12MW.
The dual turbines have a combined capacity of 6MW, and were refurbished in 2005-06. A 5.5MW Kaplan turbine generates electricity when water is released. An additional 500kW Francis turbine generates constant hydroelectricity from the compensating flow of water from the reservoir to the North Tyne. The scheme can be operated remotely from a control room in Dolgarrog, Wales.
The power station is owned by Northumbrian Water, and has been operated by RWE npower since December 2004. This arrangement will continue until 2025.
Research: ECPK
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www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
www.nwl.co.uk
www.r-e-a.net
www.rwe.com
www.visitkielder.com
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Kielder Water Hydroelectric Scheme