James Ramsay contract win at Tiree Power Station

James Ramsay Ltd is delighted to be awarded the contract to install new oil and water-cooling batteries at Tiree Power Station, situated on the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

The new batteries, manufactured by Serck/Unipart, are critical to the safe operation of the station. The project itself has been many months in the planning with particular attention to detail given the geographical location.  We have had to consider and overcome the challenges of transport (the island can be only be reached by ferry and air), availability of limited accommodation and our own staff resources – we need to ensure our team of skilled engineers can adapt to the exposed weather conditions that the island can throw at them!

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay said “This type of specialist work is suited to the skills and expertise of our workforce; remote locations, high specification welding and attention to detail are crucial to ensure a smooth and trouble-free installation. The client, SSE, demanded a quick turn-around to ensure that it maintained the essential back up power supply to the island and we are delighted to be able to meet these needs”.

The project will take 4 weeks from start to finish and will see 4 new batteries and 41 new valves installed, as well as pipework alterations involving a challenging lifting operation.


About Tiree Power Station

Tiree’s small diesel-fuelled power station is located next to Tiree Airport, to the north of Crossapoll. It was one of several power stations built by the Air Ministry during World War II to service the Royal Air Force installations on the island. After the war, the station was purchased by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board and brought into civilian use, supplying 2.5 megawatts of power to the island. The island was connected to the National Grid by submarine cable from Mull in the 1980s. Now owned and operated by Scottish & Southern Energy, the power station is retained as an emergency backup. It was refurbished in 2002 and is tested monthly. In early 2005, the station was brought into service for several months until repairs could be completed after the undersea connection was broken during adverse winter weather.

Below: The island’s beaches extend most of the way around the shoreline, a distance of 46 miles altogether.