Eight companies awarded tidal energy berths in Welsh demonstration zone

Eight tidal power developers from around the world have been awarded berths at the Morlais Marine Energy Demonstration Zone near Anglesey, Wales, by project overseer Menter Mon.

The companies were selected from an initial pool of 14 through a series of evaluations, with Menter Mon — a third-party organization designated as the site’s administer by the Crown Estate — announcing its selection last week.

Receiving berths at the demonstration site are:

“It is a privilege to be part of the largest planned marine energy project in wales, and we look forward to working with Morlais and the other stakeholders,” TidalStream representative John Armstrong said.

The project is expected to generate more than US$614 million in investments into the Anglesey region while creating a “significant” number of jobs, according to Menter Mon.

“This is an ambitious project that seeks to ensure Wales is at the forefront of the tidal energy sector, and that areas such as Anglesey are well-placed to derive maximum economic benefit from the testing, development and commercial exploitation of these innovative and technologically advanced devices,” said Ken Skates, Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.

Menter Mon is currently raising capital money for the project’s infrastructure, and said it hopes the eight newly announced commitments will help secure money from the Welsh European Funding Office and private partners.

The Anglesey coast was one of several regions within the United Kingdom designated by the Crown Estate as showing particular promise for marine hydrokinetic development. Menter Mon was awarded a 45-year lease on the site, with development funding already having come in part from the Welsh government, Anglesey County Council and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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