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Underwater Turbines Could Be Installed Off Portland Bill

Tidal turbine

3:36pm 8th July 2014

Underwater turbines could be installed off Portland Bill to harness tidal energy.

Siemens Marine Current Turbines have been granted permission to lease the site by the Crown Estate which manages the UK seabed.

The site will have to be investigated further, but we could see marine turbines off Portland by the year 2020.

Rob Hastings, director of Energy and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate said:

"By providing these additional seabed rights we are pleased to be enabling further technology development and commercialisation, which will be critical if the UK is to unlock its significant natural resources for wave and tidal current energy."

Sven Stoye, chief executive officer of MCT said:

"The strategic decision to push forward with developing commercial-scale projects demonstrates Siemens commitment to the tidal sector and our confidence that there will be a future market for its SeaGen technology. Securing these new AfLs is an important first step in investigating the sites as part of the wider development process."

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