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LEP welcomes Wave Hub announcement

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed an announcement that leading wave energy company Seatricity is to develop a 10MW array over the next two years at Wave Hub, the offshore renewable energy test facility in Cornwall.

UK based Seatricity plans to deploy its second generation device at Wave Hub next year before building out to a full scale grid-connected array in 2015. The company said Wave Hub provided the grid capacity it needed, and that it was intending to build its next generation Oceanus 2 device in Cornwall and use the local supply chain to support its marine operations.

The company will also be locating its custom-built work boat Ocean Enterprise in Wave Hub’s home port of Hayle shortly.

If we want to transform our economy we have to take some risks and the Convergence investment in Wave Hub was a risk but it was clearly one worth taking because it is a project that is starting to come to fruition. We see expertise in marine energy as being an important part of the future economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and something that we can export around the world. The announcement from Seatricity is excellent news for the continued development of the sector and we look forward to welcoming them to Cornwall.

Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP

Wave Hub consists of a giant ‘socket’ on the seabed connected to the grid network onshore by an underwater cable. It has consent for wave energy devices to be ‘plugged’ in and tested on a scale not seen anywhere before. The project has four berths and a capacity of 30MW.