Marine Current Turbines announces Canadian project
Marine Current Turbines Ltd. has
agreed to a partnership with Canada's Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd. to demonstrate and develop tidal
power technology and facilities in Canada's Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.
Tidal energy company Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.) has agreed to a partnership with Canada's Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd. (MBPP, Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada) to demonstrate and develop tidal power technology and facilities in Canada's Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.
MBPP is said to be a leading sustainable energy and resources company. Working in partnership with MBPP, Marine Current Turbines (MCT) will participate in the tidal power demonstration center established by the province of Nova Scotia. MBPP and MCT intend to deploy a 1.5-MW tidal generator when the in-stream tidal energy center enters full operation and is connected to the Nova Scotia grid.
MCT installed the world's first offshore tidal current device in 2003 off the southwest coast of England (the 300-kW SeaFlow), and during 2008 it installed and commissioned its 1.2-MW SeaGen commercial prototype tidal current turbine in Strangford Narrows in Northern Ireland. SeaGen generated at its full output of 1.2-MW onto the local grid in December 2008, becoming the most powerful marine energy device in the world. It has the capacity to generate power for approximately 1000 homes.
"We are very excited to combine our extensive experience in resource and energy development with MCT's leading UK tidal power technology," said Scott Travers, president and COO of MBPP. "We were one of the original developers of power generation, transmission and distribution in Nova Scotia, and we still operate a major renewable hydro generating facility. Tidal power has significant potential benefits for all Nova Scotians," he concluded.
Martin Wright, Managing Director of MCT welcomed the development. "This is an excellent opportunity to work together with a substantial local partner in MBPP and expand our activities into Canada. It builds on the development of our technology in Northern Ireland and will complement our first 10-MW farm development in the U.K., planned for off the north Wales coast. MBPP will make an excellent fit because both our organizations bring complementary experience and important resources to the table."