A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Fair Head Tidal Energy Park Limited has been established to develop the Fair Head tidal energy site. The SPV is jointly owned by DP Marine Energy Limited and Bluepower NV.
DP Marine Energy Ltd (DPME) is one of a number of privately owned companies which operate under the DP Energy name. All of these operate in the field of renewable energy and it is a fundamental principle of the businesses that all their developments are both sustainable and environmentally benign. DPME was formed in 2008 specifically to assess the resource and develop both tidal and wave energy sites.
Bluepower NV is a new company established by DEME Blue Energy and Nuhma, both Belgian companies. DEME is a marine construction group with roots going back 150 years. DEME has gained direct tidal installation experience as part of the installation team for the SeaGen device, the first commercially operated tidal turbine at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. More details on DPME and DEME can be found at dpenergy.com and deme.be
The Fair Head Tidal Energy Project is a proposed 100MW renewable energy plant powered purely by the tide. The project will generate the equivalent electricity to power an estimated 70,000 Northern Irish homes by 2020. The development area is centred approximately 2km to the east of Fair Head off the north Antrim coast and around 1km at its nearest point to land. It occupies an area of approximately 3km2 is centred on Latitude 55.231 and Longitude -6.107
The project is being developed by a SPV made up of DP Marine Energy (see dpenergy.com) and Bluepower (see deme.be). The project is adjacent to a second 100MW project being developed by Tidal Ventures Limited (TVL). The two projects together will export 200MW of renewable energy to the Northern Irish grid over the coming decade.
The Fair Head Tidal Energy Park Project will play a key role in supporting the government of Northern Ireland to meet its renewable energy and climate change. Specifically Northern Ireland is committed to support overall UK targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 34% by 2020 and to generate at least 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2015.
When complete, the Fair head Tidal Energy Park will reduce carbon emissions by 85,300 tonnes each year, helping to tackle the effects of global warming. The project will generate enough electricity to power 70,000 homes, which is nearly 10% of all the households in Northern Ireland.
Fair Head Tidal Energy Park Limited is committed to sustainability. Although the project when operational will offer considerable environmental benefits, we are also cognisant of the need to ensure that the project will not have a negative impact on the local environment during construction and operation. Please browse through this section to find out about our work in this area and the measures that we are taking to protect the local environment.
Our approach to the development of Fair Head is based on a number of fundamental principles, including:
Stakeholder Engagement – we are committed to sharing our proposals for the project widely and openly. We welcome feedback from all project stakeholders including the local community.
Delivering a Buildable Project – the tidal industry is still developing and Fair Head will be one of the first tidal arrays in the world. It is important that we recognise this when presenting our plans to the relevant authorities for permission to build the project. This includes taking a “technology neutral” approach by describing a range of different designs and configurations, for both the tidal turbines that may be deployed and also the plant and equipment used to install and connect them to the electricity grid.
Phased Development – at present the tidal industry is testing individual turbines such as the Seagen device in Strangford Lough. The next step for the industry is the demonstration of small arrays and for Fair Head we propose to build an initial array of up to 10MW connected into the existing onshore electricity network before building out a larger array of up to 100MW, which will require new onshore grid infrastructure. Each phase will be subject to separate consent applications.
Whole Project – as far as possible we will design a project that considers all components from the tidal turbine offshore through to the connection into the electricity network onshore. This also includes considering all project phases from the current development stage, through construction and operation, to decommissioning.
Most of our current activities are focused on preparing a planning application for the first (up to 10MW) phase, which will be supported by two important documents, an Environmental Statement and a Navigational Safety Risk Assessment. To prepare these documents we undertake a number of site surveys and assessments in the following three areas:
Over the next few months we expect to undertake further surveys and assessments in these three areas, as outlined below.
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