Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme
Statkraft acquired the consented Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme from Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) in December 2023.
The acquisition demonstrates Statkraft’s latest commitment to helping Scotland meet its renewable energy targets and strengthening the UK's energy security.
This website will provide updates on our work towards bringing the project into construction, including an upcoming public exhibition.
About the project
Red John Pumped Storage is a 450MW hydro scheme, first conceived in 2015 and granted consent by Scottish Government ministers in June 2021 (REF: ECU00000728).
Located on a site around 14km south-west of Inverness, this development will harness the waters of Loch Ness, helping the deployment of more renewable power and reducing our carbon emissions. It will capture excess energy, and store it until needed, helping provide security of supply as Great Britain’s electricity network shifts away from fossil fuels.
This significant UK renewable energy infrastructure project will support hundreds of jobs during construction and provide locally-based permanent jobs once operational.
What will it look like?
Get the latest updates and developments for this project, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
What is pumped storage?
What is pumped storage? Pumped storage is a way of storing energy by turning electrical energy into stored (or potential) energy and back again to electrical energy. The system uses electricity to...Read more
Our aim is to have the least impact and provide the most benefit to the communities in which we operate. The construction phase is one way we can create economic benefits through inward investment, a...Read more
Pre-construction (2 years)
Includes site surveys and testing, completing all conditions associated with the consent and preparing the tender documents.
Establish a Community Liaison Group to maintain regular line of communication.
Construction (4 years)
Construction is estimated to take four years, and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction such as hours of construction, delivery times and construction traffic routes.
During this period the pre-construction planning conditions are signed off by the local authority and procurement of the turbines and other contracts takes place. It is during this phase that the details of the community benefit fund is discussed with the community.
The infrastructure is managed from an on-site maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
A community fund is active throughout, for worthwhile community initiatives.
The project team
Learn more about Statkraft
The history of Statkraft
A short animated video of the History of Statkraft
A deep dive into over 125-years of history, as Europe's largest renewable energy producer.
Hydro power - how does it work?
Learn how hydro power is generating power.
Decide your future
What kind of world would you choose?