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14/11/12 - Further tidal project sites announced PDF Print E-mail
Non Government Decentralised Energy Press Releases - Wave, Tidal & Hydro Power
Written by The Crown Estate   

Further tidal project sites announced

The Crown Estate has today confirmed that three organisations have secured rights to progress with the development of tidal energy projects at sites around the UK.

The announcement of these three projects signals the continued growth in both interest in the development of marine renewables across the whole of the UK and in the variety of ways in which organisations are looking to support the needs of the industry as it continues to grow.

The sites have been awarded as a result of the fourth application window in The Crown Estate’s leasing process, for projects in connection with the Scottish Government's Saltire Prize (in Scottish waters) and demonstration projects (all around the UK), which opened in April 2012.

·         The Isle of Wight Council has secured an Agreement for Lease for a managed testing facility, called the Solent Ocean Energy Centre, located off the south of the Isle of Wight near St. Catherine’s Point. The Centre creates a new opportunity for technology developers to test tidal stream turbines, building knowledge and experience of installation, operations and maintenance. The project forms part of the Council’s Eco Island sustainability initiative.

 ·         Orkney-based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has secured an Agreement for Lease to develop a 30 MW tidal stream array at Lashy Sound, in the Orkney Islands.  This follows the company testing a 250 kW device at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney from March 2011 onwards. The Lashy Sound project will help Scotrenewables to move its technology from prototype to commercialisation.  The award follows a review by The Crown Estate of the Pentland Firth strategic area earlier this year.

 ·         Swedish technology developer Minesto has secured a lease to deploy a quarter-scale (3 kW) prototype of its Deep Green Ocean Kite in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.  This

follows tests of its SeaKite tidal technology in the Lough during 2011-12. The new prototype will be deployed for two years and advance Minesto’s plans towards demonstration of a commercial model.  The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment has already issued a consent for the project.

These new agreements for lease will enable the developers to proceed further with their projects, consulting local stakeholders, completing survey work and preparing applications to obtain consents from the relevant authorities, including the Marine Management Organisation and Marine Scotland.  If consents are granted for the Solent Ocean Energy Centre and Lashy Sound project, The Crown Estate will be able to grant leases to enable construction and operation of the schemes.

Paul Catterall, Wave and Tidal Development Manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We are pleased to conclude negotiations for these projects, which will play an important role in facilitating further research and development, testing and commercialisation of tidal energy technologies.  The awards take the total number of UK wave and tidal sites under development or operation to 41.  The Crown Estate is continuing to support growth of the emerging industry and we will be announcing next steps in leasing wave and tidal sites in due course.”


Notes to editors:

·        The Crown Estate manages a highly diverse property business valued at more than £8 billion.

·        We pay our surplus revenue (profit) to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation every year: in 2011/12 this was £240.2 million. Over the past ten years The Crown Estate has paid nearly £2 billion to the Treasury.

·        Our objectives, which are laid down by Parliament under the Crown Estate Act 1961, include enhancing the value of the estate and the revenue it produces.

·        The responsibilities of The Crown Estate are to maintain and enhance the value of the estate and its income over the long term and to do this having regard to good management.   In summary, The Crown Estate is a successful business organisation guided by our core values – commercialism, integrity and stewardship.

·        The Crown Estate manages a diverse property portfolio which includes office, retail and industrial premises; housing; farmland; forestry and minerals; parkland; and around half the foreshore and almost all the seabed around the UK.

  • The Crown Estate’s marine properties include around half the UK’s foreshore (17,00km), tidal river beds and estuaries and almost the entire seabed out to the 12 nautical mile (nm) territorial limit around the UK. It also includes the rights to the natural resources in the UK Continental Shelf, with the exception of oil, coal and gas. The Crown Estate issues leases for the development of windfarm sites within the 12 nm, whilst the Energy Act 2004 gives us the right to issue leases for development beyond the territorial limit within the Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) out to 200nm. The Energy Act 2008 gives us the rights to sub-surface storage within the gas importation and storage zone.
  • In 1999 The Crown Estate established its programme of Marine Stewardship to provide funding to support practical projects, relevant research, and other initiatives that improve the status and management of the marine estate.
  • COWRIE is a data store created to handle all environmental records to be submitted to The Crown Estate by offshore renewables developers under the terms of their licence agreements and the data generated within COWRIE-funded research projects.
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