Orkney wave farm abandoned

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Scottish Power and Amec are set to scrap plans to build the world's largest wave farm in the Orkney Islands because of a lack of government funding.

Scottish Power and Amec are set to scrap plans to build the world's largest wave farm in the Orkney Islands because of a lack of government funding.

The £30m project - big enough to power about 15,000 homes - was announced by the two companies last year after the Government unveiled a £50m marine energy development fund. But it has now emerged that this cash is to be capped, with the maximum each project can receive set at £9m.

Scottish Power and Amec have told the Department of Trade and Industry that without more state funding they will have to radically scale back the project or scrap it altogether.

Alan Mortimer, the head of renewable policy at Scottish Power, also warned that more commercial-scale marine energy projects could go abroad if changes to their funding were not made.

Mr Mortimer said: "If we can't make this project work, it's difficult to see how you can make any wave project work on a reasonable scale in the UK."

Earlier this month, the Scottish firm Ocean Power Delivery announced its first order to build a wave farm using its Pelamis machine - in Portugal.

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