Tidal energy developer Minesto has received a marine license from Natural Resources Wales, paving the way for installation of a 500 kW “Deep Green” generating unit in Holyhead Deep.
The consent is mandatory for all offshore construction and equipment placement in United Kingdom waters and follows findings of an environmental impact assessment that showed effects on fisheries, marine mammals, archaeology, cultural heritage and navigation would not be significant.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded consent for our first installation in Holyhead Deep,” Minesto CEO Martin Edlund said. “The It’s a great achievement by everyone involved in the application process, and yet another deliverable met as we move towards commercialization of our Deep Green power plant.”
Minesto said it expects to install a single unit at the site later this year.
The Swedish company already holds a lease agreement for a 10 MW installation at the site, but announced in Februrary it intends to scale it up to 80 MW.
Minesto has spent the past few years performing quarter-scale tests of its “Deep Green” generating units off the coast of Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough while simultaneously working to launch the Holyhead Deep site.
Financing for the project and Minesto’s technology has come from a number of sources.
The group was also awarded a US$14.8 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund for Deep Green’s commercial rollout in May 2014, which helped lead to an order with Schottel Hydro to manufacture a prototype unit in April 2016.
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