Offshore tidal power gathers plans for 100MW scheme off Irish coast
Posted on: 11/02/2016

Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a 100MW tidal power scheme on the seabed off the coast of Northern Ireland.

The renewable energy project will generate the equivalent electricity to power and estimated 70,000 homes by 2020. The development area is centred approximately 2km to the east of Fair Head off the north Antrim coast and around 1km at its nearest point to land.

“The technology is not unlike under water wind turbines, but rather than working by the wind they work on gravity, so the energy they generate is totally predictable and the public tend to prefer them because they are under water,” said a spokesperson for DP Energy.

Northern Ireland aims to achieve 40% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

The Cork-based company is currently consulting with communities before it submits its planning application.

The project is being developed by a SPV made up of DP Marine Energy and Bluepower. The project is adjacent to a second 100MW project being developed by Tidal Ventures Limited (TVL). The two projects together will export 200MW of renewable energy to the Northern Irish grid over the coming decade.

The Fair Head Tidal Energy project is expected to start construction in 2018, and will be one of the first tidal arrays in the world. It is expected the project will cost around £400 million.

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