September 6 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) today said it will supply at least 5 GWh of electricity annually to the Alderney island of the Channel Islands group from a pilot tidal array system off the French coast.
Through its Normandie Hydroliennes joint venture (JV) with regional investment fund Normandie Participations and local manufacturer Efinor, Atlantis has signed a heads of terms for the power supplies with the island’s energy provider Alderney Electricity Ltd (AEL). Deliveries will be made from the JV’s proposed demonstration tidal array that will be installed in the Alderney Race strait, also called Raz Blanchard, off the coast of Normandy.
Under the heads of terms, AEL and the Atlantis-controlled Normandie Hydroliennes JV will seek to enter a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a fixed price. The contracted capacity will be enough to cover the whole current power demand of the island, which is entirely dependent on diesel generation.
Separately, Atlantis and AEL will partner to identify other opportunities to decarbonise the Alderney island and diversify its power mix. The tidal power group said it hopes this initial project to eventually lead to the development of a larger scale array that exports power to both the UK and Europe.
Normandie Hydroliennes was set up in November 2018 to install and operate “a multi hundred-megawatt” array of tidal stream facilities in Raz Blanchard. When announcing the project, SIMEC Atlantis said the first of those arrays is expected to be energised in 2021.