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North Sea Tidal project gets the go-ahead

17 Sep 2013
In one of Europe’s largest tidal energy schemes, six vast underwater turbines are to be placed into the fast moving waters of Scotland’s northern coast. This first phase will see the six propeller-like machines lowered into the tidal currents of the Pentland firth, and eventually 50 of the machines will be installed on the seabed off Caithness.

These waters are considered one of the most valuable in the world in terms of tidal and wave power, with Scottish ministers claiming there is enough capacity to replace three coal-fired power stations the size of the UK’s largest, at Drax in Yorkshire.

The project by MeyGen is a joint venture between US investment bank Morgan Stanley, the French owned energy firm International Power and the Australian turbine manufacturer Atlantis Resources Corporation. The project’s first phase is set to generate up to 9MW to prove the technology works.

Scotland’s energy minister, Fergus Ewing will allow MeyGen to slowly enlarge the scheme to hit 86MW by the end of the decade, enough to power about 46,000 homes.

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