Siemens Tidal Energy Project Suspended

Marine Current Turbines (MCT), the tidal energy company owned by German engineering giant Siemens has announced that it has suspended development of a planned 10 MW tidal array in Wales.

According to a statement from the company, the Skerries project due to be installed between the Skerries group of rocks and islands and Carmel Head in approximately 20- to 40-meter water off the north-west coast of Anglesey in North Wales, has been suspended.

A statement from the company says: “Following discussion with our partners we have decided to suspend our work on the Skerries Tidal Array Project in Anglesey, Wales. We will continue to review our strategy for deployment. Our discussions with suppliers and other key stakeholders are ongoing on different opportunities. We continue to believe that tidal energy will play an important future role in delivering the UK’s low carbon economy and creating long term sustainable jobs.”

The company declined to confirm the reasoning behind its decision, but the development does follow the withdrawal of a £10 million government grant in June under the Marine Energy Array Demonstration (MEAD) Fund.

The development was granted planning approval by the Welsh government in February and commercial operations had originally been due to begin in 2015. If commissioned, it would have been the country’s first commercial tidal energy farm.

Consisting of five SeaGen 2-MW tidal stream turbines the Skerries project was being developed by Sea Generation Wales Ltd.

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David Appleyard is a contributing editor. Formerly Editor in Chief of Renewable Energy World and sister renewable energy magazines Wind Technology, Large Scale Solar and HRW - Hydro Review Worldwide, now a freelance journalist and photographer contributing to a wide range of on-line and print publications. David has some 20 years' experience of writing about the renewable energy sector and is based in Europe.

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