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Aquamarine Power grants £4m Oyster 2 contract to Burntisland

2 Dec 2010

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has entered into a £4m contract for its next-generation Oyster wave energy device to be built in Scotland by fabrication contractor Burntisland Fabrications.

The Oyster 2 will be manufactured at Buntisland’s Scotland plant and installation of the device will begin at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney in mid-2011.

The project is being supported through partial grant funding awarded by Scottish Enterprise and the Carbon Trust Marine Renewables Proving Fund.

Scottish energy minister Jim Mather said, ‘This is another great example of using the unrivalled potential of our seas to generate clean, green energy and investment in a low carbon Scotland.

‘With Scottish government financial support, this project will support jobs and allow the Oyster technology to be tested, developed and refined at our world class testing centre on Orkney.’

The Oyster 2, although only 50 per cent wider than the Oyster 1, will deliver 250 per cent more power than the original device.

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