Largest tidal resource in the world

Rose Willigar
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-PARRSBORO: Assessments continue in the Minus Channel but no final decision has been made as of yet regarding the location of tidal power in the Minus Channel, but according to Minas Basin Pulp and Power Vice President of Energy Development John Wood it could hit close to home.
At a public forum in Parrsboro on July 24 Wood explained there much data needing to be analyzed with the seabed through the area of the channel but the vice president believes they have hit the mother-load in tidal energy.
"There are three points of reference for the area in which we've been examining which are; Cape Split, Cape Sharpe and Black Rock. Somewhere out there within the three point radius is the largest resource in the world," Wood said.
Wood explained that there is a lot of data that has been gathered within the last couple of months but once the data has been reviewed and a site has been named they will be able to move ahead with the next steps towards tidal power.
"One of the holdups is the company that will be the required cable that will run from the onshore facility to the testing turbines without an exact location we can't order the cable," Wood explained.
The vice president was hopeful to have demonstrations ready to go in the water by Fall of 2009 but explained it was more realistic for Spring of 2010.

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Black Rock

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  • George
    March 09, 2010 - 09:26

    By the time they are done studying this proven technology, literally to death...after years of successful stalling by Nova Scotia Power, and the politicians in their pocket, we'll likely have expensive hydro power from Labrador. NSP will charge us a fortune for it, while the vast tidal power resources at our doorstep, and the jobs they would create, never get developed. We will not be slaves to filthy imported coal, but to imported electricity from another province.