WORK to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Mersey at Woolston Weir is progressing apace.

Contractor Hydropol commenced the building of three Archimedes screw turbines in the river in summer last year.

And, as these pictures from reader Mike Waller show, the scheme is well underway with a crane being used during its construction.

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It is anticipated that the dam will be completed in the late spring of 2021.

Warrington Borough Council granted H2O Power Generation planning permission for the development back in 2018.

Warrington Guardian: Woolston Weir hydroelectric power scheme

Hydropower generated by the creation of the turbines within the dam could generate enough electricity for nearly 500 homes, saving 730 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

New generator and substation buildings are also under construction at the site.

Peel Group was previously given planning permission for a similar scheme in 2014, but this consent expired in 2016.