Wave, tidal developers needed for 200 MW in Inner Sound, Scotland

The United Kingdom’s Crown Estate invites applications for pre-qualification from wave and tidal power developers to establish 200 MW of ocean generation in Scotland’s Inner Sound by 2020. Responses are due May 28.

Inner Sound, which lies between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and the island of Stroma, was part of a 2008 solicitation to develop 700 MW of ocean generation in Scotland’s Pentland Firth by 2020. (HydroWorld 11/26/08) Although developers signed 10 Pentland Firth contracts in March totaling 1,200 MW, the preferred bidder for Inner Sound withdrew at a late date, Crown Estate said. (HydroWorld 3/16/10)

The current retendering for Inner Sound seeks expressions of interest in developing a single commercial project of 200 MW or more of installed capacity, to be operating by 2020.

The Crown Estate, which protects and manages government resources to benefit the taxpayer, said Inner Sound was one of the most contested areas in the Pentland Firth leasing round.

A successful bidder is expected to develop the site and enter the statutory consenting process. The Pentland Firth and Orkney waters enabling actions fund, which comprises developers’ option fees and match funding from the Crown Estate, also would increase.

Expressions of interest will be invited beginning April 19 via the Crown Estate’s e-tendering system. A link to the e-tendering system will be provided on that date.

Expressions of interest will be due by 5 p.m. May 28. For information, including a link to a site map, see an announcement on the Crown Estate Internet site at www.thecrownestate.co.uk/newscontent/92-pentland-firth-inner-sound.htm.

Meanwhile, applications are being taken for Scotland’s Saltire Prize, a challenge to accelerate commercial development of marine energy. (HydroWorld 3/23/10) Worth 10 million pounds (US$15 million), the Saltire Prize is to go to a commercially viable wave or tidal energy technology that generates at least 100 gigawatt-hours continuously over two years. (HydroWorld 12/4/08)

The Crown Estate is to run a dedicated leasing round in 2010 specifically aimed at Saltire Prize competitors. For information on that competition, see the Crown Estate website at www.thecrownestate.co.uk/our_portfolio/marine/wave-tidal/further-scottish-leasing-round.htm.

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