Northern Ireland’s tidal scheme to go ahead despite concerns over Wales’ Swansea lagoon
A 100MW scheme has been proposed for Northern Ireland and will be submitting its marine license in the summer. The $570m Fair Head Tidal Energy Park is being developed by a joint venture between Cork-based DP Energy and Belgium’s Bluepower. It would be installed in the north-east of the province, off the coast of north Antrim, and is expected to generate enough electricity to provide for the needs of around 70,000 households.
It’s now completed 95% of the survey work needed to support its planning application for seabed turbines.
Clodagh McGrath, Fair Head Tidal project manager, says the company is within one month of completing a 24-month bird and marine mammal survey programme.
This is bolstered by the completion of other onshore and offshore surveys, including visits to potential cable landfall sites and a campaign of tidal measurements over the winter months.
“Talks have also progressed positively with government agencies, regulators and the grid owners with regards to accessing available capacity in the Ballycastle area for grid connection,” says Ms McGrath.
This is good news for tidal energy in the UK as a government review has been ordered into the feasibility of the Swansea Lagoon project. The project has planning permission but isn’t viable until it can finish up subsidy discussions with the government.
Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: "Tidal lagoons on this scale are an exciting, but as yet an untested technology. I want to better understand whether tidal lagoons can be cost-effective, and what their impact on bills will be — both today and in the longer term.
"This review will help give us that clarity so we can determine what role tidal lagoons could have as part of our plans to provide secure, clean and affordable energy for families and businesses across the country."
The situation in England and Wales contrasts with Scotland, where the world’s biggest tidal scheme is nearing completion off the coast of Land’s End at Pentland Firth. The $1.5bn MeyGen project, which began construction in 2014, will use 269 underwater turbines to produce 400MW of electricity.
Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract
Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.
The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.
With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.
Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.
The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.
In other recent developments:
- Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga.
- The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
- Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
- Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.