Inner Sound in line for major tidal energy project

The UK Crown Estate has announced that it is inviting expressions of interest for a tidal energy project in the Inner Sound, which lies between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and the island of Stroma.

The UK Crown Estate has announced that it is inviting expressions of interest for a tidal energy project in the Inner Sound, which lies between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and the island of Stroma.

 

As one of the most energetic tidal areas in the Pentland Firth, the Inner Sound has potential for a significant commercial tidal energy project, and could increase the potential capacity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters to more than 1,200MW.

 

Successful bidders for the first competitive wave and tidal leasing round in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters were announced on 16 March in Wick, Kirkwall and Edinburgh.  During the leasing round process, The Crown Estate received bids for development in the Inner Sound.  The preferred bidder withdrew at a late stage in the process.  Given the Inner Sound’s high potential for renewable electricity generation, and the fact that it was one of the most contested areas in the leasing round, The Crown Estate expects that other parties will be interested in the area.  It has therefore decided to re-tender the Inner Sound.  The Crown Estate is particularly keen to receive expressions of interest in a single commercial project of 200 MW or more installed capacity, to be constructed and operating by 2020.

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