Consultants Mott MacDonald and Halcrow have teamed-up to take advantage of growing opportunities for the sustainable development of global tidal range energy projects.
Mott and Halcrow - the two major employee-owned consultants - have decided to work together to study and hopefully deliver tidal range projects throughout the world.
Both companies are well-known in the power sector, and the joint venture will be led by Mott MacDonald’s Simon Harrison and Halcrow’s Ben Hamer.
Harrison is responsible for developing Mott MacDonald’s renewable energy business, including wind, biomass, hydropower and other renewable energy sources; while Ben Hamer is a renowned coastal expert and a director of Halcrow’s maritime business.
“Both organisations have considerable experience in delivering major infrastructure projects and we share a culture of integrity, innovation and knowledge-sharing, coupled with a long-term vision for sustainability,” said Harrison.
The team has already secured a feasibility study to evaluate options for harnessing tidal energy on the Solway Firth, commissioned by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), together with Scottish Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
In addition, coastal modellers, economists and scientists from both companies continue to examine the feasibility of a number of schemes under consideration including further exploration of the issues surrounding the development of a River Severn tidal power station.