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Major tidal energy project is unveiled

By Michael McHugh

Published 09/02/2016

A massive tidal energy project on the seabed off Northern Ireland's north coast should begin in 2018, developers said.

Cork-based DP Energy hopes to install a 100 megawatt (MW) array of turbines off Fair Head.

It would generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. Clodagh McGrath of DP Energy said: "The Fair Head tidal development strategy is to progress with a 100MW offshore consent application, planned to commence in 2018."

The company is consulting with communities before it submits its planning application. Ms McGrath added: "We will continue this engagement process as we finalise plans and look forward to hosting more open days this spring before we complete our application."

The proposed technology is a further development of that used in Strangford Lough in Co Down, which is due to be decommissioned soon.

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