06 Nov 2007 05:11:32
Tidal energy farm for Wales
The coast of Wales has been chosen as the destination for the world''s first deep-sea tidal-energy farm, which is due to be built next year.
Eight underwater turbines, each 25 metres long and 15 metres high, will be built on the sea bed by St David''s peninsula in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
Expected to be operational by 2010, the £10 project will provide electricity for an estimated 5,000 homes, with each turbine possessing a one megawatt capacity.
A spokesman from the department for business, enterprise and regulatory reform (BERR), said: "This is the first multi-device tidal energy farm in the UK to be announced by a major utility. The technology has been developed with the help of more than £2 million funding from BERR.
"We have world leading expertise in the UK, principally because of our strong offshore oil and gas industry, and a sizeable marine energy resource. It has been estimated that the UK''s tidal-stream resource could provide up to five per cent of the UK''s electricity."
The project is being developed in partnership between power companies E.ON and Lunar Energy, and is one of several tidal-energy schemes currently being planned for the waters around the British Isles.