Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd is seeking permission to install and operate a 250kW tidal turbine, the SR250, at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site in the Fall of Warness, Orkney. It is proposed that the SR250 prototype will be installed by March 2011 and be grid connected via the EMEC sub-station with a newly installed cable. Construction of the SR250 prototype is underway with installation planned at EMEC by March 2011. Between January and February 2011 the SR250 mooring system will be installed, and the new cable laid and connected via a duct into the EMEC sub- station facility. Scotrenewables plan to de-risk the testing of the SR250 by undertaking an incremental staged development plan resulting in controlled learning gains at each stage.
This Environmental Statement has been produced to support the licence application under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) and consent under the Coast Protection Act 1949 (CPA) for proposed deployment. A European Protected Species Licence will be applied for towards the end of the consent process detailed above. This section forms the Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement.