Developers invited for tidal energy project

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Developers invited for tidal energy project

Orkney Islands Council (United Kingdom) has launched a tender process to select developers for tidal energy generation scheme at Churchill Barriers No. 1 and/or No.2.

To be more specific, the Council has launched a pre-qualification process for the two projects.The total investment for both projects is estimated at GBP200 million (US$264 million).

The selected developer will be responsible for the design, construction, operation and financing of the new facilities. The mean power with both barriers fully open is estimated at 16.7MW at Barrier No.1 and 8.6MW at Barrier No.2. Additionally, the scheme must allow for maintaining of the road transport link across the barriers at all times and reducing the existing wave overtopping risk at Barrier No.2.

Interested parties must submit their pre-qualification documents on or before 5 October 2016.

We have recently reported about three other tidal energy projects in UK. On August 10, we published that DEME Group was taking an active role in the MeyGen Phase 1Ainstallation through its subsidiary Geosea NV. The company will install the jack-up vessel MV “Neptune” all heavy turbine foundation structures and some of the turbines for MeyGen Phase 1A.  

Previously, in early August, we announced that Natural Energy Wyrelooks was working to get a development consent order (DCO) to carry out the 120 MW tidal hydropower energy project in Lancashire, northwestern England.

Furthermore, in mid July, Black Rock Tidal Power Inc. (BRTP) awarded the contract to fabricate its TRITON S40 tidal power platform for the 2.5 MW Bay of Fundy tidal project in Nova Scotia to Aecon Atlantic Industrial.

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