Oceanlinx to start tidal project this year
International tidal energy company Oceanlinx plans to begin construction of a proposed development off the coast of “Australia’s southern rock lobster capital”, Port MacDonnell in South Australia later this year.
Oceanlinx plans to install its large concrete 1 MW GreenWave offshore energy unit which could power up to 1,000 homes using wave technology.
The wave energy developer received a $4 million grant from the Federal Government last month, but are still waiting on government approval for the $7 million project to proceed further.
Oceanlinx CEO Ali Baghaei said the company has begun evaluating the structure and “have also spent obviously a lot of money with respect to third-party consultations and designs and so forth, and that is also at our own risk.”
Mr Baghaei said Oceanlinx have received a mainly positive response from the community so far.
“A few who had any concerns – it wasn’t because they were not supportive, it was more to do with some of the uncertainties due to the lack of detailed knowledge on what the project entails,” said Mr Baghaei.
Oceanlinx said the company will hold more community consultation sessions soon.
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