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Marine Current Turbines planning first tidal array for Wales

Marine Current Turbines Ltd, in partnership with RWE npower renewables, has submitted a consent application to install a 10-MW array of tidal stream turbines off the North West coast of Anglesey in 2015, MCT announced.

The array, consisting of seven twin rotor turbines arranged across an area of 0.56km², will harness the power of the tidal waters, generating enough power for over 10,000 homes on the island. It will be the first tidal array to be deployed in Wales, MCT says.

This tidal farm will use MCT's SeaGen technology. The array will be situated between the Skerries islands and Carmel Head, about 1km off the Anglesey coast. SeaGen  is officially accredited by OFGEM as the UK's first and only tidal current power plant, a press release states.

If the planning consent is granted to SeaGeneration Wales Ltd, the MCT / RWE npower renewables project company, it will be the first tidal array in Wales demonstrating the commercial viability of this technology.

The project will cost approximately GBP70 million to develop and, where possible, local businesses will be contracted for the assembly, installation, operation and maintenance of the tidal array. It will generate jobs that use skills ranging from advanced blacksmithing through to sophisticated control systems management. The project will also stimulate the supply chain to support the emerging marine renewable energy sector in the UK and Wales, according to a press release.

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