Inner Sound tidal project goes out to tender
Four companies are being invited to tender for a tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth.
According to the Crown Estate, the Inner Sound between the island of Stroma and the Scottish Mainland has the potential for a “significant commercial project of 200 MW (megawatts) or more”.
Earlier this year, the decision was announced to re-tender this project after the withdrawal of the preferred bidder during the first competitive wave and tidal leasing round for Orkney waters and the Pentland Firth.
That leasing round resulted in the announcement of 10 commercial-scale wave and tidal energy projects, eight of them in the waters around Orkney.
As part of the re-tendering process, companies were invited to make expressions of interest in developing a tidal project in the Inner Sound and complete pre-qualification questionnaires.
Now four are being asked to submitted detailed tenders and, if a successful bidder emerges, the Crown Estate plans to award an agreement for lease in the autumn.
The agency’s marine estate director, Rob Hastings, said: “We are pleased to see continuing interest in tidal energy development in the Inner Sound.
“On top of the potential 1,200 MW of wave and tidal energy projects in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters announced earlier this year, a project at the Inner Sound could further advance the industry.”
The sound is described as one of the most energetic tidal areas in the Pentland Firth.