First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally unveiled a tidal turbine that is to be deployed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. The device is the first of four to be completed at the Nigg Energy Park in the Highlands for Atlantis Resources’s MeyGen project. The project is said to be the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm. The Scottish government has provided £23m of funding to help develop the tidal stream farm. Atlantis hopes to eventually expand the project to up to 269 turbines, with completed turbines being transported north by sea from the Nigg Energy Park on the Cromarty Firth to the tidal stream farm site in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, which separates the north Caithness coast and Orkney. Last month, another Scottish energy project become the first in the world to deliver electricity to the national grid from a tidal array system. Nova Innovation said its Shetland Isles project represented major progress in using tidal energy as a long-term source of predictable renewable power. The Scottish government hopes that further growth in the industry will create jobs for people moving from the oil and gas sector.
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