Low water on the Hafod y Llan Snowdon Hydro – perfect!

I love it when a plan come together! The wier cladding is look good. (we has straw bales in the river to capture any disturbed silt during the build) the river is really really low which is a blessing for this final bit. The machines on the right are skillfully putting the Watkin path back (this includes bedding one end of the weir into the foot path

I love it when a plan come together! The weir cladding is looking good. (we have straw bales in the river to capture any disturbed silt during the build) the river is really really low which is a blessing for this final bit. The machines on the left are skillfully putting the Watkin path back (this includes bedding one end of the weir into the foot path)

Its been interesting tracking the progress of the Hafod y Llan hydro though all the seasons (sometimes in the same week) today was sticky and showery. There are three work sites on the mountain at the moment. Completion of the weir, Anchor block going in for the transition from plastic to steel and a big hole in the ground is taking shape as the turbine or power house. The weather and river levels have been great for the work on the weir. We had a risk with the bypass because of the need to complete the weir and also have enough room for the river to pass round and through. Any serious rain and we would be delayed because it would have overtopped the weir. the detailing of the finish is now really getting the attention it deserves. The retaining wall for the Watkin path is looking really good with the huge boulder.

Top left; Anchor block going on for the transition piece between the MDPE and the Ductile iron pipe. Top right: stone, slate and steel. The notch in the weir and pipe are in place for the hands off flow (what we have to leave in the river to maintain it) Bottom; the turbine building is going in. the brick is for the new substation. the copper earthing line has been installed. still quite a bit of work left

Top left; Anchor block going on for the transition piece between the MDPE and the Ductile iron pipe. Top right: stone, slate and steel. The notch in the weir and pipe are in place for the hands off flow (what we have to leave in the river to maintain it) Bottom; The turbine building is going in. The brick is for the new substation. the copper earthing wire has been installed. Still quite a bit of work left

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