Fair Head Tidal targets summer for marine licence application

Fair Head Tidal is pressing on with plans to submit its marine licence application this summer for the proposed 100 MW tidal energy scheme off the north Antrim coast of Northern Ireland.

The team behind the Fair Head Tidal Energy Park has concluded a series of surveys both offshore and onshore, with the results of these surveys now being assessed before they are included in the marine licence application to install an array of tidal turbines, the company informed.

Fair Head Tidal Energy Park, a joint venture created between DP Energy and Bluepower, proposes a 100 MW tidal energy project that would power an estimated 70.000 Northern Irish homes by 2020.

Clodagh McGrath, DP Energy’s Project Manager, said: “The Fair Head Tidal development strategy is to progress with a 100 MW offshore consent application and build the project out in phases, planned to commence in 2018. In the last three years we have engaged with a wide range of project stakeholders including local communities and government departments.”

McGrath added Fair Head Tidal would continue the engagement process with the public and stakeholders by setting up more local open days this spring to share details on the surveys completed, the proposed tidal energy technologies and how the company plans to bring the energy ashore and connect into the national electricity grid.

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