Crown Estate consults on tidal

UK seabed landlord the Crown Estate has kicked off a consultation with tidal power industry players in the run up to a possible lease award for offshore development acreage by the end of next year.

The engagement, prompted by a “growing number of enquiries” from developers of tidal range and lagoon projects, aims to more clearly establish the readiness of the sector for industrialisation.

“The opportunity that tidal range and lagoons could present for the UK has been long talked about. We now need to see if this is the time for action,” says Crown Estate head of minerals and infrastructure Ian Selby.

“We are keen to give industry the opportunity to set out their interest and how tidal range and lagoons projects could contribute to, and complement the UK’s growing portfolio of low carbon offshore wind, wave and tidal stream portfolios.”

Interested developers have until 7 February 2014 to participate.