In October 2011, Argyll Tidal Limited (ATL) (“the Applicant”) entered in to an Agreement for Lease with The Crown Estate under Section 3 of the Crown Estate Act 1961. This agreement initiated the investigation of the potential for development of a demonstration tidal energy array of up to 3 MW scale (“the Development”) to be located in the North Channel off the western coast of the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, Scotland (“the Development Site”).
ATL is working with Nautricity Limited (NL), a Scottish developer of tidal generation technology. NL has developed the 500 kW CoRMaT device. It was originally proposed that up to 6 of these devices would be deployed at the Development Site subject to the appropriate consents and licences being granted. Consent to construct and operate the Development would fall under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 and a Marine Licence would also be required under the Marine Scotland Act 2010.