U.K. developers propose 10.5-MW Skerries tidal stream project

Tidal power developer Marine Current Turbines (MCT) and npower renewables, both of the United Kingdom, announced plans to develop jointly the 10.5-MW Skerries tidal stream power project off the coast of Anglesey, North Wales.

The companies said February 7 they have created a joint venture, SeaGen Wales, to pursue the project in a 25-meter-deep area of open sea known as the Skerries. The project is to consist of seven 1.5-MW SeaGen turbines, which will stand about nine meters above sea level.

Development of the site is to start with a full assessment and detailed surveys of the environment and tidal resources, followed by preparation of an outline scheme incorporating study results. Studies are to run through 2008. A consent application is expected to be submitted in mid-2009.

The companies said construction and commissioning schedules are subject to the length of the planning process, but could take place between 2011 and 2012.

Marine Current Turbines is developer of SeaGen, a tidal stream energy system. In 2007, it proposed, with Maritime Tidal Energy Corp. of Nova Scotia, to deploy a tidal power system in Canada’s Bay of Fundy. (HNN 1/11/08)

MCT plans to install a commercial-scale prototype, 1.2-MW SeaGen, in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough by the end of March. MCT said it would be the world’s first grid-connected tidal stream device.

News of the agreement came less than a week after the launch of npower renewables’ new parent company, RWE Innogy, which has pooled all of the renewable energy activities of Germany’s largest power producer, RWE. (HNN 11/22/07)

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