Highlands & Islands

Pentland Firth tidal turbine firm given 25-year lease

Tidal turbine Image copyright Atlantis Resources
Image caption Up to 269 turbines could be submerged on the seabed in the Pentland Firth

Atlantis, the company behind plans for the MeyGen 269-turbine tidal scheme, has secured a 25-year lease from the Crown Estate for the seabed involved.

It is the largest marine energy lease to be awarded by the Crown Estate and is the first in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region.

Atlantis plan to start installing devices in the Inner Sound of the firth over the next two years.

By 2020, 61 of the 269 turbines proposed could be in place.

The Scottish and UK governments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Crown Estate are providing millions of pounds in funding.

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