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Last Updated: Friday, 10 November 2006, 11:03 GMT
In pictures: Hydro power scheme

Tunnel entrance

The entrance to the main tunnel for the 140m Glendoe hydro power scheme near Fort Augustus.

Tunnel at Glendoe

Part of the tunnel which had to be drilled and blasted to get the tunnel boring machine into the hillside.


A huge conveyor belt takes the rumble out of the cavernous tunnel.

Tunnel boring machine

A section of the tunnel boring machine, dubbed Eliza Jane by local schoolchildren.

A worker on the tunnel boring machine

A worker walks inside the 220-metre tunnel boring machine.

A gripper on the tunnel boring machine

One of two large grippers that brace the Eliza Jane against the tunnel wall.

Lights in the tunnel

Lights lead the way from the outside down to the Eliza Jane.

View towards Loch Ness from Glendoe construction site

A view towards Loch Ness from Glendoe construction site.

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