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'Explain benefits of tidal project to Alderney'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The company behind the latest plans to develop tidal energy in the Alderney Race need to explain the benefits to Alderney, an island politician says.

Alderney aerial shot

Alderney States member Alex Snowdon, of the Tidal Energy Group, believes the project has potential for the island, but he thinks SIMEC Atlantis, the renewable energy company behind the project needs to articulate that to islanders in the first instance.

"I would really like Atlantis to come over to explain to the island what their aspirations are for tidal development in Alderney waters, and what benefits we would see as an island for that."

The company would also need to explain what infrastructure was needed, he added.

There's been opposition in Alderney to a cross-Channel cable link which could be a potential outlet for tidal power.

New tidal energy plans for Alderney Race

BBC Radio Guernsey

A renewable energy company is to announce plans to develop tidal energy in the Alderney Race, the stretch of water between the island and France.

Alderney Race

SIMEC Atlantis wants to partner with the Normandy authorities, and says it also makes sense to have an agreement with Alderney to extend the scope of the project.

It makes absolute sense if we are developing such a large project in France, to use the economies of scale on that activity to then seek to exploit the wonderful resource [tides], that consistent resource, that is obviously present around the waters in Alderney. We obviously haven't started commercial negotiations but if we were afforded the opportunity, we would be delighted to commence those straight away.

Tim CorneliusSIMEC Atlantis CEO