Sound of Islay

Status: in Development

Atlantis purchased the site from Scottish Power Renewables in 2016. The Project has full consent, grid connection and an agreement for lease from the Crown Estate. The Inner Sound of the island of Islay on Scotland’s west coast is the ideal location for a 10MW tidal array to provide clean and sustainable power both to the island, which is home to some of Scotland’s most famous whisky distilleries, as well as exporting power to the mainland national grid.

The Sound of Islay is a 21km passage of water separating the islands of Islay and Jura on Scotland’s west coast. At its narrowest point, where it is just 1.4km wide, current speeds exceed 5 knots, but is generally well protected from wave action. It is 50m to 60m deep at its deepest point, which extends south from Port Askaig for approximately 1.5km. Thanks to this environment there is potential for an up to 10MW site, utilising 24meter rotor diameter AR2000 turbines, each of which would be manufactured in Scotland. The timing for the delivery of the project is subject to innovative power purchase agreement legislation. This site offers a lower average flow speed than the MeyGen site, but as it is both deeper and more sheltered from waves it is possible to deploy larger diameter turbines to capture more energy. The consent conditions allow for the deployment of turbines with rotor diameters of up to 26m, giving a swept area more than twice as large as the 18m MeyGen Phase 1A turbines. We have received a very high level of interest from prospective turbine suppliers wishing to deploy their technology in these favourable conditions