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Tomich pump house, 2008
Tomich pump house
© Anne Burgess

Tomich pump house contained a pumping station for the Inchindown Fuel Depot which was constructed during World War II as a bombproof fuel store for the Royal Navy. The pump house lies at Tomich on the north side of the A9 near a junction with a minor road leading to Rhicullen.

The building is a constructed from rendered concrete and steel, and lies within a steel fenced compound. The structure was once painted white but appears to have been abandoned despite a report that it was purchased some time after 2000, when unspecified works carried out to the interior. Prior to this, it was understood that the interior had been stripped, leaving only the beds and inspection pits where the pumps had been mounted.

Fuel oil could flow by gravity from the storage tanks at Inchindown to the Royal Navy port and fuel depot at Invergordon, but the pumping station at Tomich was needed to move the heavy oil uphill from the port to the underground fuel depot.

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