Anglesey tidal farm planned suspended


Geraint Jones

PLANS for a tidal farm off the Anglesey coast have been shelved.

Anglesey MP Albert Owen has called for answers after Marine Current Turbines (MCT) suspended the proposed 10 MW Skerries Array.

He said: “The company’s statement says they will continue to review their strategy for development – it really is not clear what that means.

“The company also believes tidal will play an important future role in low carbon energy and jobs in the UK. It is therefore reasonable for them to explain why they suspending operations at the Skerries Array.”

The Skerries Tidal was scheduled to be installed in 2016 after MCT, which is owned by Siemens, obtained consent from the Welsh Government, Anglesey Council and Natural Resources Wales.

Mr Owen said that the Department of Energy and Climate Change backed MCT’s operable protoype operation.

He said: I have seen the prototype working and the company was confident it could work at a commercial scale. I want to know what has changed.

Tidal energy has huge potential and Anglesey is well placed to benefit from that potential. It could produce quality marine and maintenance jobs. If there are problems are they related to business reasons or government policies?

“I am also meeting the Crown Estate on such matters as they are the consenting authority."

He added that he was due to discuss the suspension with Sven Soye, MCT chief executive.

Anglesey AM Rhun ap Iorwerth added: "This is disappointing news. It is an exciting project which would open the door to other similar projects, and be a focus for the further development of the energy industry in Wales.

"But we must work on the assumption that the plan is still alive. 

Mr ap Iorwerth discussed the suspension with the head of the European Union's maritime department.

Mr ap Iorwerth said: "She said she shared our ambition to develop tidal power as a key element of our future energy needs, one in which Wales can be a leader.


“The development of energy from the sea is something that will happen on Anglesey - we have huge energy potential aff the coast of the island and the rest of Wales.


“I don’t want us to lose our position in this race to develop renewable energy. We must ensure that we get things back on track."

A spokesman for MCT said: “Following discussion with our partners we have decided to suspend our work on the SkerriesTidal Array Project in Anglesey.

“We will continue to review our strategy for deployment.Our discussions with suppliers and other key stakeholders are ongoing on different opportunities.

“We continue to believe that tidal energy will play an important future role in delivering the UK’s low carbon economy and creating long term sustainable jobs.”


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