Who is Tidal Ventures?
Tidal Ventures is a joint venture (JV) partnership between Brookfield Renewable and OpenHydro, a DCNS company, set-up in 2010 following a successful application to The Crown Estate to investigate the potential of installing a 100MW tidal array offshore of Torr Head on the north coast of Co Antrim.
Through this partnership, Tidal Ventures can draw on a large team of engineers and technicians working specifically on turbine design, development, manufacturing and installation. Our teams have many years of experience and a proven track record in identifying and developing sources of renewable energy.
What will this award allow Tidal Ventures to do?
The award of the Agreement for Lease (AfL) enables Tidal Ventures to undertake a detailed assessment of the area offshore of Torr Head; to examine its suitability for the development of a 100 MW tidal energy array.
This will include an assessment of environmental considerations; the amount of energy which can be captured from the sea, offshore seabed assessments and, most importantly, on-going engagement with local and national stakeholders to help design the most appropriate tidal array for the location.
What are the next steps?
Our agreement with The Crown Estate provides Tidal Ventures with exclusive rights to investigate the development of a commercial scale 100MW tidal energy array over a five year period. During this time, we will endeavour to complete all of the necessary consenting activities required to submit the relevant Applications for permission to construct the project.
What are the key milestones for the process?
The timelines for this project are dependent on many different factors. However, we are working towards the following dates for our key activities.
- 2013–2014 Undertaking of the EIA at the proposed development site
- 2015–2016 Marine Licence/Planning Application submitted and determined
- 2017 Phase one construction begins (30 MW)
- 2020 Phase two completed (70 MW)
When will construction commence?
Tidal Ventures aims to begin construction in 2017 depending on the progress of the planning and electricity grid connection processes.
How many turbines will be deployed in this site?
The offshore tidal array will comprise of between 50 and 100 fully submerged tidal turbines with a maximum total installed capacity of 100MW. The total number of turbines installed will depend on the rating of the selected turbine.