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Ministers clear Pentland Firth tidal scheme

16 Sep 13 Scottish ministers have given their consent to the construction of Europe’s largest tidal array.

The AR1000 turbine
The AR1000 turbine

The 86MW Pentland Firth Inner Sound tidal energy project is being developed by MeyGen Ltd, a joint venture between investment bank Morgan Stanley (45%), French-owned power generator International Power (45%) and tidal technology firm Atlantis Resources Corporation (10%).

Permission has been given to install the tidal array in stages, beginning with a 9MW demonstration project of up to six turbines.

MeyGen won the rights to the scheme from the Crown Estate in 2010 with a 25-year operating lease.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “Today, we have granted consent to MeyGen Ltd to develop the largest tidal turbine array in Europe and the first commercial project off these shores.

“This is a major step forward for Scotland’s marine renewable energy industry. When fully operational, the 86MW array could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes – around 40% of homes in the Highlands.

“This exciting development in the waters around Orkney is just the first phase for a site that could eventually yield up 398MW.”

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