Royal HaskoningDHV has been selected to lead the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and provide consenting support for the Morlais Tidal Energy Demonstration Zone, off the coast of Anglesey, Wales. Royal HaskoningDHV will work closely with the Welsh consultancy MarineSpace to help deliver this important project.
Aimed specifically at tidal technology developers which wish to install arrays of multiple tidal energy devices without the need to consent their own sites, Morlais will be a high profile tidal demonstration project with a total cumulative production capacity of up to 100 MW.
Menter Môn, the manager for the Morlais project, is an Anglesey based third party social enterprise with a history of delivering projects that provide real value to the local community on Anglesey. With 12 developers now bidding for space within the zone, the awarding of the EIA contract marks the start of the next phase of the project.
Dafydd Gruffydd, Menter Môn, commented: “We are very excited to be beginning this next phase of the project with the support of these teams. Alongside our ongoing leasing round and progress towards grid and finance, this is an important milestone in our project development.”
Frank Fortune, Royal HaskoningDHV Technical Director, also added: “Royal HaskoningDHV is very pleased to continue its excellent relationship with Menter Môn on the Morlais project. This is a great opportunity to continue our leading position in the tidal energy sector and build on our successes to date, and Morlais is a key project for the tidal sector in Wales, as well as being internationally significant. Together with the excellent MarineSpace team, our aims are to deliver consent for Menter Môn, and secure Wales’ position in the tidal sector.”
Royal HaskoningDHV has provided leading consenting, feasibility and stakeholder engagement services to the tidal energy sector for over 12 years. The company’s specialists have successfully consented over 90MW of wave and tidal projects in that time, including the world’s first grid connected commercial turbine, the world’s first tidal array and most recently the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) which shares several similarities with the Morlais Project.