The Crown Estate & MCT Sign Ocean Deal

The Crown Estate, a British group that holds property rights to the UK’s seabed, has agreed to terms on the SeaGen demonstration tidal stream energy project at Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The flagship 1.2-megawatt (MW) SeaGen project, developed by Bristol’s Marine Current Turbines (MCT), will be the first commercial scale, tidal stream system operating anywhere in the world.

SeaGen has permission to operate for a period of five years from Northern Ireland’s Environment & Heritage Service and has the agreement of The Crown Estate. The device is set to be installed soon. The final engineering work is scheduled to start when a barge sails with SeaGen loaded on board from Belfast to Strangford Lough for installation.  

“In addition to this site in Northern Ireland, The Crown Estate is supporting the marine renewable industry through the grant of a non-commercial lease for the wave and tidal test sites operated by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and are in discussion with Wave Hub concerning similar proposed wave test facilities off the north coast of Cornwall,” said Ian Pritchard, Head of Offshore Estates at The Crown Estate.

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