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Blackwater Reservoir

Summary
The Blackwater Reservoir is a reservoir created behind a dam in the mountains above Kinlochleven, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. The dam is long, the longest in the Highlands. The hydroelectric scheme was constructed in the early 1900s for the British Aluminium Company for the purpose of smelting aluminium and was designed by engineers Patrick Meik and Charles Meik. Chief assistant resident engineer was William Halcrow. The high dam was built at an elevation of about 305m in rugged terrain. of concrete aqueduct was constructed, and nearly of steel pipe was laid (six parallel pipelines). The dam was built using hand tools, without the benefit of mechanical earth moving machinery, and has been described as the last major creation of the traditional 'navvy'. The power house and aluminium smelting plant were situated in Kinlochleven, which is adjacent to the sea loch Loch Leven. The power station now produces electricity for the aluminium smelter in Fort William, supplementing th
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