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EU program backs €46.8M tidal energy project for Channel regions

A planned tidal energy project in and around the Channel region won approval from the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.

The planned €46.8 million tidal stream industry energiser project, known as TIGER, would be capable of producing up to 8 MW of electricity. The European Regional Development Fund, through the Interreg program, will provide €28 million for the project.

Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd., through its French joint venture Normandie Hydroliennes, will participate in the TIGER program. The program will assist in the development of its tidal energy project Atlantis at the Raz Blanchard site off the coast of Normandy, France.

Some of the energy generated at the site will be sold to Alderney Electricity Ltd. for supply to the Channel Island of Alderney, which currently relies on diesel generation. The Atlantis demonstration array is expected to be a precursor to large-scale arrays in both French and Alderney's territorial waters.