Moyle must see benefits of Tidal energy projects

10 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of the successful bidders for the tidal energy projects off Fair Head and Torr Head.
“Tidal Ventures Limited a joint venture between Open Hydro Group, a designer and manufacturer of tidal turbines, and Board Gáis Energy one of Ireland’s leading energy providers received the lease off Torr Head, and a consortium comprising Cork based DP Marine Energy Limited and the Belgian marine engineering company DEME Blue Energy received the lease for the tidal stream energy project off Fair Head”.

Councillor Cunningham commented “These infrastructure projects present a great opportunity for the local economy and community.”
 “I will be requesting that Moyle Council and in particular our economic development department seek early engagement with the successful companies as we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits.

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Cunningham: Moyle must make most of renewable energy project

16 12 2011


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the potential which a major offshore tidal renewable energy infrastructure project could present for the local economy and community.
Cllr Cunningham was speaking after an announcement by the Crown Estate that it was putting contracts for renewable energy production in the Rathlin and Torr Head Strategic Area out to tender following the confirmation of market demand.
He said: “Moyle District Council has agreed to my request for early engagement and consultation with the companies successful in the upcoming leasing round for sites in the offshore Moyle areas, and we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these big companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits