Tidal energy debut - Queen is quids in as 'sea bed landowner'
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Fri Sep 16 01:44:41 BST 2016
Fifty of these turbines and you have a Hinkley C
The nuclear power deal is all about allowing
China in to control UK infrastructure as domestic state power is privatised
As the Crown Estate owns the seabed around
Britain, it will be paid hundreds of thousands of
pounds a year in rent for the turbine scheme.
The Royal family, which will soon benefit by
taking 15 per cent of the Crown Estate profit,
may also be able to enjoy renewable energy from the Pentland Firth project.
The royal Castle of Mey, which Prince Charles
visits every year, is a few miles from the tidal
farm site, which lies between the Caithness coast and the island of Stroma.
By Tom Mcghie, Mail Online
Scotland unveils worlds largest tidal stream power project
First turbine in 398MW MeyGen project could start generating power by October
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 by:
Dickie in Nigg and Ness of Quoys, Scotland
Less than a decade ago, Timothy Cornelius, the
head of the tidal-power venture Atlantis
Resources, struggled to get investors and regulators to return his calls.
Now, as he formally unveils the worlds largest
tidal-stream project under construction, he can
hardly fend them off. The level of interest has
been almost unmanageable, Mr Cornelius
complained happily of the requests for visits and meetings.
The interest reflects the importance for the
nascent tidal sector of Atlantiss 398MW MeyGen
project between the Scottish mainland and Orkney
Islands. Success will demonstrate that tidal
power has finally become a serious option.
There is no doubt that the eyes of the world are
on this project, said Nicola Sturgeon,
Scotlands first minister, ahead of a visit to
the Nigg Energy Park on Monday to see Atlantis
unveil the first turbine to be installed under
the waters of the Pentland Firth.
The hulking device, which resembles a bulked-up
wind turbine, is one of four with combined output
capacity of 6MW that make the up the £51m first stage of the MeyGen project.
If all goes well, they will be sending
electricity within weeks to a new power
conversion unit on the shore of the Pentland
Firth at Ness of Quoys from where it can be sold to the grid.
It is possible to consider the first sparks will
come in late October, Mr Cornelius said, adding
that a second batch of 4 turbines will follow immediately.
The second stage will much cheaper and will
require less public investment and the third
should need none at all, according to Atlantis,
which in April announced a
with Equitixunder which the infrastructure
investor plans to put more than £100m into
Scottish tidal power over the next two years.
Psychologically, this is the unleashing, Mr
Cornelius said. It was a great story before, now
it is an infrastructure project.
The project still faces formidable challenges.
The very currents desirable for electricity
generation complicate installation of the
turbines, each of which requires more than 1,000
tonnes for their structure and ballast. The
Pentland Firth is a nightmare for most mariners,
said William Bremner, a skipper on the ferry that
runs from nearby John oGroats.
Most work on the undersea site is limited to
short periods of slack in the current, particular
during smaller neap tides twice a month.
The kit has to be incredibly robust in order to
survive a subsea tidal environment, said Dave
Rigg, Atlantiss head of engineering services.
If you can imagine 40 metres of water flowing at
nearly 15 miles per hour that creates huge loads.
Yet the appeal of tidal stream power is clear.
There is less impact on the landscape or wildlife
than offshore or onshore wind farms. And, unlike
wind, output is predictable years in advance.
Australia-based Atlantis, which is listed on the
Londons Stock Exchanges Aim market, plans to
spend nearly £500m in tidal power in Scotland over the next two years.
Mr Cornelius said the Scottish and UK governments
are right to see tidal stream as a major
opportunity. Three of MeyGens first batch of
turbines are supplied by Germanys Andritz Hydro
Hammerfest and a fourth is being
for Atlantis by Lockheed Martin of the US.
But more than 40 per cent of capital expenditure
for the first phase is within the UK and this
will rise in the second phase to 60 per cent.
Atlantis hopes to be able to firm up plans for at
least 50 turbines next year, enough to turn Nigg
into a centre for fabricating, assembling and testing.
Britain lost wind turbine manufacturing [and]
Britain lost nuclear manufacturing, but it can own tidal, Mr Cornelius said.
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