10 Nov 2008 05:11:26
IPMD aiming for 10MW tidal project in Pentland Firth
A tidal power project set to deliver renewable capacity of ten megawatts in the Pentland Firth has received approval for a grid connection.
International Power Marine Development is now waiting on an environmental assessment, Crown Estate Lease and planning consent.
The company has set up an office in Thurso, from where James Minto will oversee the project.
He said: "This tidal farm will complement prototype testing and bring tidal stream technology to commercial reality. Together with stakeholders, we have an opportunity to create industry best practice for environmental impact assessments and marine operations."
The Pentland Firth is the first marine asset that has been opened up for commercial-scale tidal projects.
Earlier this month a survey of the area and the sea around the Orkney Islands was launched to provide a more accurate idea of its electricity generation potential.
Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has claimed that the country could be the Saudi Arabia of marine power.http://www.ipplc.com/ipr/