Hydro electric plan on River Tees near Cleasby revealed

Broken Scar. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

Plans for a hydro electric plant on the River Tees at Broken Scar Weir near Cleasby have been submitted.

The plant would be built on the southern side of the river which is in Richmondshire, despite being on the outskirts of Darlington.

The outline planning application submitted to Richmondshire District Council is for a river micro hydro power plant which would mean water bypassing the weir.

According to the application, Cleasby Hydro would have a declared net capacity of between 100kW and 130kW and would supply either a large private and local demand for energy consumption or export to the national grid through a short extension of the local distribution network.

It would include a new fish pass which a report by the agents, Hallidays Hydropower for the applicants H2O Power Ltd, says would improve conditions of the River Tees for migratory fish.

The scheme would create alternative forms of sustainable agricultural development and contribute to local employment, the applicants add.

The proposal is for an inlet channel just upriver of the weir on the south bank and an outlet channel just
downriver of the weir, also on the southern bank.

The channels will be lined in concrete.

An Archimedean screw of between 100kW and 130kW length would be installed in the channel and a sluice gate would regulate the flow of water from the river into the screw.

A small power house will be built at the site which is currently farmland, although not used, the application states.

The applicants say the hydro scheme would not impact on noise levels on the opposite bank where there are pedestrians, and the nearest housing is around 200 metres from the proposed hydro scheme.

For more details on the application click here.