The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed, has awarded an ‘Agreement for Lease’ for a commercial demonstration site for electricity production from tidal currents to marine energy company Minesto. Minesto will prepare consent application for the site near Holyhead Island in Wales prior to the construction of a 10MW marine energy array in 2016, which will supply electricity to approximately 8,000 households.
Minesto will now further develop the project, which includes in depth environmental studies, detailed seabed mapping, cable routing and commercial activities. The Holyhead Deep site is located approximately seven kilometres from the shore where the water depth is 80-90 meters. The tidal currents are 1.5-2.5m/s. The area has been carefully selected to maintain separation from shipping lanes and to minimise the impact on other sea users.