Electric Mountain Visitor Centre


Useful Information

Location: At A4086 near Llanberis, Snowdonia.
Open: Currently closed for refurbishment. [2020]
Fee: Currently closed for refurbishment. [2020]
Classification: Hydroelectric Power Plant
Light: electric.
Dimension: Dinorwig: L=16km.
Guided tours: Currently closed for refurbishment. [2020]
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: center wheelchair accessible, one standard sized wheelchair allowed per tour
Bibliography:
Address: Electric Mountain Visitor Centre, Mynydd Gwefru, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4UR, Tel: +44-1286-870636 E-mail:
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History

1970 begin of project to crate pumped storage plants.
1973 begin of construction at Dinorwig.
1976 main civil engineering contract started.
1982 first electricity produced.
1984 scheme in full production and officially opened.
2018 Visitor Center closed for refurbishment.
2020 Guided tours discontinued until reopening of Visitor Center.

Description

First Hydro Company operates various hydroelectric power stations in Britain. This includes the management and operation of the pumped storage plants at Dinorwig and Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia region of Wales. Dinorwig are former slate quarries and so the water scheme was considered a subsequent use of an landscape already heavily alterated by human. Ffestiniog Power Station was the UK's first major pumped storage power facility commissioned in 1963.

The Visitor Center offers exhibits on the power scheme, the pumped storage, the historic mining and much more. It is also the start for guided tours to the power station and the miles of underground tunnels. Currently [2020] the center is closed and there are no tours this year. The will be held again after the construction of the new Visitor Center is completed.