Plans to develop a tidal energy scheme in the Lynn Peninsula have moved closer to becoming a reality after the company behind the scheme was given permission to start exploratory work.
The Crown Estate has awarded Nova Innovation the rights to begin surveys and studies in the Bardsey Sound.
If the explorations prove successful, they could pave the way for significant investment in the project and create a number of local jobs.
Joseph Kidd, Commercial Manager, Nova Innovation, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Nova and for Wales to show that tidal energy has a role to play in the UK’s energy mix and can help regenerate coastal communities.
“The project will provide significant opportunities for the local supply chain and help support the economic development of the local area. Nova and YnNi Llŷn will be working together to make sure the local community is properly engaged, and that opportunities for maximising community benefit are fully explored.”
The firm says it is keen to ensure local businesses are involved in the project, “using the expertise and experience in the local area to provide services to support the development”.
David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said: “Marine energy has created over 100 direct jobs across Wales in the last two years, supporting supply chain resilience, clustering and our peripheral economies. With significant natural resources alongside funding and Government support, Wales is beginning to play a leading role in a growing low carbon sector, which fits perfectly into the UK’s Industrial Strategy. We welcome this announcement as a positive step forward for the industry.”
Once all of the assessments are completed, a marine licence application will be submitted to the regulator, Marine Resources Wales. It typically takes a further year for the regulator to assess the application and make a decision. During this period, the public will have the opportunity to formally comment on the proposals.
The Bardsey sound project further underpins Nova Innovation’s position as a market leader in tidal energy technology. Since its inception in 2010, Nova has been at the forefront of tidal energy technology development.
In 2016 Nova Innovation was the first company in the world to deploy a fully operational grid-connected offshore tidal array at their site in Shetland.