Building began on a 340-metre road to access a new “tidal stream” project in Scotland yesterday.
The construction paves the way for the 398 megawatt (MW) tidal array to be built off the coast of Caithness, said Atlantis Resources which is the majority owner.
Once the whole MeyGen project is done, 269 turbines will sit submerged under the Pentland Firth. Turned by the force of the tide going in and out, they should power 175,000 Scottish homes.
The first four submerged turbines which will sit in the Inner Pentland Firth are expected to generate power in 2016.