A planning application has been submitted for a new pumped storage power station at the Glynrhonwy slate quarries at Llanberis that would create new reservoirs, a major pipeline and the permanent flooding of some disused quarry sites that contain climbing routes. If approved proposal may also require new overhead power cables across the lower Llanberis valley to export generated electricity to the National Grid.
The village of Llanberis, sat below the slopes of Moel Elio. Taken from above Vivian Quarry
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor, Apr 2009
© Jack Geldard
Gwynedd Council has received a planning application from a company called "The Quarry Battery Company" for a new hydro-electric pumped storage power station at the site of the old Glynrhonwy slate quarries which are located in the lower Llanberis valley directly above Llyn Padarn (seen in the upper right of the photo above). The quarries contain the iconic and very first climbing route to be done on slate - the route Gideon first climbed back in 1964.
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