Planning consent for Argyll Tidal Array
Marine Scotland recently approved the deployment of a demonstration tidal energy array in the North Channel off the western coast of the Mull of Kintyre. The Mull of Kintyre Tidal Array, otherwise known as the Argyll Tidal Array, will consist of one 500KW turbine capable of providing 400 homes with electricity.
According to its developer, renewable energy firm Nautricity, the array will make use of a newly developed, second generation tidal energy turbine called CoRMat, or Contra Rotating Marine Turbine. The device includes a patented rotor system that, it is hoped, will make tidal energy production more economic.
Nautricity and scheme developer Argyll Tidal Ltd hope to have the array in place early next year, but according to Cameron Johnstone, co-founder and CEO of Nautricity, “It is envisaged that a multi-megawatt array could be realised on the site post-2016.”
Argyll Tidal entered into an Agreement to Lease with The Crown Estate back in October 2011, and work on obtaining the necessary consents has been underway since then, including a twelve month environmental monitoring programme and a stakeholder engagement exercise to check that the project would have local support.
“On the back of these successful events we received overwhelming support from the community and it was following those that we secured the necessary license from Marine Scotland,” Johnstone told reporters.
The environmental monitoring programme was carried out by MacArthur Green. Our involvement covered not only carrying out the ecology, bird and sea mammal survey and analysis, but also in agreeing with Marine Scotland the methods by which they would be carried out, and preparing the chapters on marine mammals, basking sharks, seabirds and ecology in the project’s Environmental Statement.