Work begins to bring wave power to Lewis

10 Aug 10

Members of our team recently visited the Western Isles to explore the potential for installing a small demonstration Oyster wave power project off the west coast of Lewis.

Sian George who leads our commercial development team and Neil Davidson who manages our public affairs were in Stornoway to attend the first meeting of the Outer Hebrides Renewables Group, chaired by Council Leader Angus Campbell.

The group discussed issues affecting the renewable energy industry such as grid and transmission charging.  Representatives from Scottish Natural Heritage and Highlands and Islands Enterprise also attended the meeting.  Sian and Neil also met with local MSP Dr Alasdair Allan while they were in Lewis to ask for advice about how to find the best location for a demonstration site.

Working with local communities

We now plan to make contact with as many local stakeholders as possible to take advice on the most suitable locations for a potential site to install a test array of up to ten Oyster wave power devices in the next five years.

Speaking to the local press in Lewis, Sian George said:

"It has been great to visit Lewis to understand some of the issues facing the renewable energy industry here on the island.  We are now keen to speak to as many local people as possible to help us identify potential areas for testing a small demonstration array of our Oyster wave power devices.

"The Isle of Lewis has some of the best wave resource in the world. We think the marine renewables industry offers terrific potential for the island but at this early stage it is essential that we work closely with local communities and key stakeholders to ensure the sustainable and responsible development of any proposed Oyster project.

"In the next few weeks we will be commencing some preliminary boat survey work to compare the seabed at different points along the coast, and this will help inform our discussions with the Lewis community," Sian added.