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DP Energy has unveiled plans to install tidal turbines off Fair Head, Co Antrim

DP Energy has unveiled plans to install tidal turbines off Fair Head, Co Antrim

DP Energy has unveiled plans to install tidal turbines off Fair Head, Co Antrim

An energy firm behind a £500m tidal project in Co Antrim will open up a two-day consultation process with the community this month.

Cork-based DP Energy says work off the coast of Ballycastle could begin in 2018. It's understood the project could be worth more than £500m.

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

It would generate enough electricity to power 70,000 homes.

Clodagh McGrath, project manager of Fair Head Tidal, said the company wants to let as many people in the area know what is being proposed off the Antrim coast.

"The first stage is to install an array of perhaps four to six turbines," she said. "The second stage would be more substantial, completing the scheme's 100MW output, and predicted to supply enough energy to power some 70,000 homes."

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