Plans for Wales’ first tidal energy farm falling into place

Wales could be in line to get its first tidal energy farm after the Crown Estate granted a lease agreement to the Skerries Tidal Stream Array. Run by Marine Current […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Wales could be in line to get its first tidal energy farm after the Crown Estate granted a lease agreement to the Skerries Tidal Stream Array. Run by Marine Current Turbines and its project partner RWE npower renewables, the array is planned to be built off the coast of Anglesey, north Wales.

MCT says it is ramping up efforts to raise the finance to build the 10MW tidal array with 9 turbines, which could cost around £70million.

Dr Andrew Tyler, CEO of MCT said: “I am confident that investment will be forthcoming given the valuable support to date by RWE and the strong interest in marine energy being shown by other utilities and energy companies. Our efforts are also helped by the UK Government’s declared ambitions to harness the energy in our coastal waters and to build a new clean-tech industry in this country.”