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Progress in bid for tidal turbines off north coast

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/06/2015

A marine current turbine has been installed at the Narrows in Strangford Lough
A marine current turbine has been installed at the Narrows in Strangford Lough

A bid to bring 'clean power' to homes on the north coast using tidal turbines is making progress, the company involved has said.

The Fair Head Tidal project company's plan is to place tidal turbines on the seabed about 2km east of Fair Head.

In an update to organisations in Ballycastle and Rathlin, it said it was one month away from finishing a 24-month bird and marine mammal survey programme.

It was also finishing other onshore and offshore surveys, including visits to potential cable landfall sites.

Project manager Clodagh McGrath, said: "Talks have also progressed positively with government agencies, regulators and the grid owners."

She said Fair Head Tidal also plans to hold more open days in the area before submitting a formal planning application.

Ms McGrath said: "Our priority continues to be the delivery of a tidal energy scheme which will generate clean and sustainable energy."

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