23 Feb 2016
Royal HaskoningDHV is this week taking part in a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Planning and Consenting: International Frameworks’ at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (Feb 23-25, Edinburgh).

Organised by Renewable UK, the global marine energy event focuses on the industrial development of renewable marine energy. Held every two years, the goal of the conference and exhibition is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts.
Frank Fortune, Technical Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, is a marine biologist with over 22 years of research, survey and project consenting experience. Frank has worked in the ocean energy sector since 2004 and was responsible for leading the Royal HaskoningDHV team that successfully gained consent for the world's first commercial tidal stream generator (SeaGen) and the world’s first consented tidal array (Sound of Islay Array), both of which are now owned by Atlantis Resources Ltd.  He is currently working  towards consent for the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) on the Isle of Wight and the Morlais tidal demonstration project in north Wales.

Commenting on his participation in the panel discussion, Frank Fortune said: “The area of planning and consenting is often seen as a minefield. In order to succeed, it’s vital that regulators understand how a project will impact on local users, amenity and the natural environment. I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to discussions on this topic at the conference.”

For further information on the conference please visit www.renewableuk.com