Blair Marnie, project manager for the West Islay Tidal project being developed by DP Marine Energy and DEME Blue Energy, visited Islay this week to provide a project update to the Islay Community Council. The project has a Crown Estate agreement for lease for a 30MW tidal array consisting of up to 30 tidal turbines in an area to the west of Portnahaven.
Studies of the seabed and tidal flow have confirmed that the area is an excellent energy resource. Detailed environmental survey work has been carried out over the last two years and has not highlighted any significant issues. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is nearing completion and the aim is to submit an application for consent to the Scottish Government by the end of the year.
Blair’s visit is being followed up with Public Information Days in Bowmore, Portnahaven and Port Ellen on the 25th and 26th of September. Organisation of these information days is being facilitated by Islay Energy Trust, to ensure that the local consultation is as wide-ranging and as locally relevant as possible. The West Islay Tidal project team will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
The details are as follows:
- Bowmore Hall, Tuesday 25th Sept, 2pm to 8pm
- Portnahaven, Rhinns Hall, Wednesday 26th Sept, 10am to 1pm
- Port Ellen, Columba Hall, Wednesday 26th Sept, 4pm to 8pm