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Atlantis eyes entry into French tidal market

Marine renewables group Atlantis is looking to enter the French tidal energy market after signing a deal with local specialist INNOSEA to develop the first array sites in French waters.

Atlantis established a cooperation agreement with Nantes-based INNOSEA, which is advising Atlantis on how to build a French supply chain plan for the manufacture, assembly and distribution of the Atlantis AR1500 tidal turbines, as well as foundations and associated transportation and logistics.

Regions to be investigated for supply chain potential include Brittany, in northwestern France, Normandy, northern France, Aquitaine, in the southwestern corner of the country, western region of Pays-de-la-Loire, and Hauts-de-France, the region neighbouring Belgium.

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“Following the French pilot farm tenders launched by ADEME in 2014, Atlantis is seeking to formally enter and participate in the French tidal power market with immediate aspirations to develop the first tidal array sites in French waters,” the company said.

“We want to make material progress during 2017 with respect to project identification,” said Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis. “From our perspective, deployment of generating assets is possible in one to two years’ time. The AR1500 turbine system is already producing commercial scale power in Scotland and our project teams are the most experienced in the world.”

Atlantis has already commenced working with INNOSEA in the UK on the delivery of the first phase of the 398MW MeyGen tidal project, in northern Scotland.

The company announced its entry to the floating offshore wind sector earlier this year and has a potential 1.5GW development pact with France’s Ideol.

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