Highlands & Islands

Hydro firm fined for unauthorised work to Lochaber burn

A renewable energy developer has been fined £8,500 after carrying out unauthorised work to a burn near Fort William that contributed to a flood.

Irene Power Company Limited did not have permission to construct an extra channel to take water from the stream to its £900,000 Roshven Hydro Scheme.

The work was done between January 2009 and April 2010.

The company pled guilty to two contraventions of environmental regulations.

Last April, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) was alerted to the engineering work.

Sepa said the channel was poorly engineered and designed and had contributed to a flood in August 2009 which caused damage to a nearby farm and blocked the A861 road with rocks.

Highland Council spent £459 clearing up after the flood.

Sepa said Irene Power Company had since carried out remedial work to the burn.

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