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The site is the former Gwyn-fynydd gold mine within the Coed Y Brenin Forest. The owners looked at a number of uses for the future of the site and following a feasibility study undertaken by Carter Jonas they decided that the generation of hydro power would produce a sound financial return by generating renewable energy from the project.
The site is subject to a number of special designations and lies within the Snowdonia National Park; the Gwynfynydd Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and adjacent to The Meirionnydd Ancient Oak Wood and Bat Sites Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The Meirionnydd Woodland is one of the most important areas in Wales for woodland lichen & bryophytes.
The site is certainly not alone as the Environment Agency have reported that 92% of potential small scale hydro electric schemes in Wales are located within what they refer to as being “High Sensitive” sites, therefore expert advice is key to unlocking the site’s potential in terms of energy generation.
The site is also subject to a number of archaeological remains from the Gwynfynydd gold mine, including the Charlotte Elizabeth mill, built in 1869 to process ore. As part of the hydro scheme, the remains of the historic system will be replaced and adapted in order to resurrect the historic hydro scheme off the Afon Mawddach. The power will be generated through a new 13.5” Francis turbine (with the original scheme having been installed in 1928). This will be housed in a new building finished in local stone and slate.
Charles HardcastleMRICS, FAAV
Partner - Head of Energy and Marine
Charles is a Partner, based in Yorkshire but who operates on a National basis across the country. He heads the Carter Jonas Energy and Marine Team which deals with a wide range of energy projects incl...