Power ahead Scots tidal project authorised

A tidal energy project in the Sound of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, has been approved approved under the Electricity Act 1989. The ScottishPower Renewables 10MW tidal power array is the first to be approved by Marine Scotland, a directorate of the Scottish Government. It will comprise ten Hammerfest Strom undersea turbines, each producing 1MW of electricity, and is due to be ready for deployment between 2013 and 2015. ScottishPower Renewables chief executive Keith Anderson said the Islay project would provide essential data for its much larger tidal power development programme off the Orkneys.

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