Orbital Marine Power has signed an agreement with Menter Môn to deomstrate its tidal stream technology at the Morlais tidal energy project in Wales.
Under the agreement, Orbital will deploy a commercial-scale tidal array using its latest ‘O2’ tidal turbine at the Morlais development on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. The project is designed to enable testing and demonstration of tidal energy technologies as well as host commercial-scale array projects.
“One of our key aims is to secure maximum benefit in Anglesey through the project, by generating income that can be re-invested into our other development and job creation initiatives,” said Morlais director Gerallt Llywelyn Jones. “Orbital’s floating tidal technology is designed around the use of locally based workboat vessels and service teams for all installation and maintenance requirements and we therefore believe they will be a great fit towards meeting our objectives.”
Orbital Marine’s CEO Andrew Scott said: “The Morlais project gives us line of sight to a commercial and scalable tidal energy array in UK waters. The concentration of tidal energy off the coast here, supported by great infrastructure in North Wales, makes this an ideal location to build out a new marine industry that can create new demand for skills and services both locally and further afield. So we are delighted to be working with the Morlais team to help realise the tidal power opportunity that exists in Anglesey’s waters.”
Menter Môn was first awarded rights to develop the site from The Crown Estate in 2014. The Morlais project has secured a grid connection offer and following completion of environmental assessments, a consent application is due to be submitted in mid-2019.