Atlantis makes French connection
Partnership with Innosea to deliver first tidal arrays in France
Atlantis has signed a cooperation agreement with French marine engineering outfit Innosea to enter the local tidal energy market.
The partners are preparing an industrial plan for the French market, Atlantis said.
The UK company aims to develop the first tidal array site in French waters, with deployment possible in one to two years’ time.
Five regions will be investigated to identify supply chain potential, including Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine, Pays-de-la-Loire and Hauts-de-France.
Innosea is providing advice on how to build a local supply chain plan for the manufacture, assembly and distribution of Atlantis AR1500 tidal turbines, as well as foundations and associated logistics.
The cooperation with Innosea will be also key to deliver front-end engineering of new arrays in tidal races such as the Raz Blanchard site in Normandy, Atlantis said.
"France is an exciting new market for commercial scale tidal power project development which is set for enormous growth over the next few years,” Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said.
“The success we have worked so hard for at MeyGen has provided our team with knowledge, expertise and lessons learned that can translate directly to project sites such as Raz Blanchard.”