GMB Welcome Unveiling Of First Full Scale Tidal Energy Generator In Wales
Project is a very welcome boost for the Welsh economy which opens up a way forward to generate green and renewable energy using reliable tidal power says GMB.
GMB, the union for engineering construction and energy workers, commented on the unveiling of the first full-scale tidal energy generator in Ramsey Sound, off St Davids Head, Pembrokeshire in Wales. See notes to editors for copy of the story reported by Press Association.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer for Engineering Construction, said “This project is a very welcome boost for the Welsh economy. It opens up a way forward to generate green and renewable energy using reliable tidal power.
It is good news for Pembrokeshire and Welsh labour force and for the supply chain. It is also good news for the UK Engineering Construction Industry as a whole.”
Contact: Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or Jeff Beck 07980 753112 or GMB Press Office 07921 289880
Notes to Editors
Copy of story on Press Association 07 Aug 2014
Birth' of tidal industry in Wales
By Emily Beament, Press Association Environment Correspondent
The first full-scale tidal energy generator in Wales has been unveiled.
The device, an underwater turbine mounted on a free-standing base to capture the power of the tides, will be installed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.
Its backers say it will be among the world's first demonstration devices connected to the grid to generate green, renewable and predictable tidal power.
After a 12-month testing period, up to nine tidal devices will be installed off St Davids Head in Pembrokeshire to form a 10 megawatt array which will generate enough power for around 10,000 homes.
The DeltaStream device, developed by Tidal Energy Ltd (TEL) weighs 150 tonnes, and has a 16 metre by 20 metre (23ft by 66ft) frame, but does not require costly drilling into the seabed and has features to minimise impacts on the environment.
Tidal Energy's managing director Martin Murphy said: "The imminent launch of DeltaStream, and the supply chain that now exists as a consequence of its development, marks the birth of the tidal industry in Wales.
"We remain committed to leading the expansion of the industry and to the creation of green jobs by building on the wealth of expertise present in the UK and the country's plentiful resources."
The launch of the tidal device was welcomed by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, who said: "This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses."
Tidal Energy Ltd received £8 million funding for the project from the European Regional Development Fund, and match-funded by majority shareholder Welsh renewables company Eco2 Ltd, which will join forces with TEL to install the further devices.
Dr David Williams, chief executive of Eco2, said: "The St Davids Head project will serve to further prove the commercial viability of DeltaStream and marine renewable energy as a whole.
"The device has excellent export potential for deployment in high energy tidal sites around the world, and we intend to harness this tidal potential."
Renewable Energy Association chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: "Congratulations to Tidal Energy Ltd and Eco2 on this tremendous feat of engineering. Our members are leading the way in developing the technology to secure a reliable, home-grown, low-carbon energy future.
"Many of our ocean energy members are currently racing to deploy the first wave or tidal farm, with several of these types of devices instead of just one.
"When that happens the sector will move into mass production, costs will fall dramatically, and wave and tidal will be well on their way to becoming major players in the UK energy system."