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CSRG + WRG - The Coire Glas Ground Investigation

09 April 2024
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Organised by:
Central Scotland Regional Group, Western Regional Group
Room TL324, Learning & Teaching Building, University of Strathclyde
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This is a hybrid joint event with the Western Regional Group.

Coire Glas is a proposed hydro pumped storage scheme located in the Highlands of Scotland with a potential capacity of up to 1,500MW. Coire Glas is located in the Great Glen, a striking landscape feature with complex ground conditions, including the boundary between the Great Glen Fault Zone and the Tarvie Psammite Formation.

To date, SSE Renewables has made a £100M investment in Coire Glas with a large proportion invested in ground investigation (GI). The most recent GI activities commenced on site in early 2023 and comprise the following:

  • Exploratory Works: 1km long, 5m diameter drill and blast exploratory tunnel with a planned drilling gallery and borehole array. The purpose is to obtain high quality data from the proposed cavern location.
  • Wider Site GI (WSGI): a total length of 1,775m of boreholes including a 650m deep borehole, trial trenches, geophysics (terrestrial and over water), in-situ and laboratory testing.

Date and Time 

Tuesday 9th April 6:30pm start


Room TL324, Learning & Teaching Building, University of Strathclyde, 49 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XU. Please confirm attendance to [email protected].

See flyer for Zoom link. 


Jessica is SSE Renewables’ Technical Authority for Engineering Geology on their proposed Coire Glas hydro pumped storage scheme. A Chartered Geologist, Jessica has 18 years of experience in the ground engineering sector. Jessica is a former Vice President (Regional Groups) of the Geological Society.