Cape Sharp Tidal signs another contract for Nova Scotia tidal energy project

A third Nova Scotian company has secured a multi-million dollar contract with the Cape Sharp Tidal project, which has potential to be the first grid-connected tidal array in the world, said the project developer on June 15.

Hawboldt Industries out of Nova Scotia has been awarded a C$4.7-million contract for the design and manufacturing of three heavy lift winches to be used on the OpenHydro deployment and recovery barge. Cape Sharp Tidal is a partnership between OpenHydro and Emera Inc. to develop a tidal industry in Nova Scotia.

“We’re pleased to award another contract to a Nova Scotia company after a competitive tender,” said James Ives, OpenHydro Chief Executive. “We’re developing local expertise here, which will be crucial as we move into larger projects and lay the foundations of a tidal industry.”

“Not only does this project offer clean, renewable tidal energy to Nova Scotians but we’re committed to at least 70 per cent of project costs awarded locally,” said Emera President and CEO Chris Huskilson. “This contract with Hawboldt is a great example of the positive benefits this project can bring to local companies.”

OpenHydro has extensive experience using this winch technology in turbine installations. It was first safely and successfully used in the Bay of Fundy in 2009, as well as in subsequent turbine deployments throughout Europe.

“This is an important opportunity for our business,” said Hawboldt Industries General Manager, John Huxtable. “Cape Sharp Tidal is a major project for our region and we’re happy our local expertise will be right there on the water as part of it.”

In its first phase, Cape Sharp Tidal will deploy two 2-MW, grid-connected turbines off Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, later this year. The project aims to progress in phases toward a 300-MW, commercial-scale industry in the 2020s.

In May, Cape Sharp Tidal announced C$25 million in contracts awarded to Aecon Group Inc. and Lengkeek Vessel Engineering. Aecon will fabricate turbine components and manufacture the barge. Lengkeek, based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, earned the contract for barge design.

OpenHydro specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of marine turbines generating renewable energy from tidal streams. OpenHydro said it has achieved a number of industry firsts including being the first to deploy a tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the first to connect to and generate electricity from tidal streams onto the United Kingdom’s national grid and the first to successfully demonstrate a method of safely and economically deploying and recovering turbines directly on the seabed. 

Emera Inc. is geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Emera has investments throughout northeastern North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbols EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, and EMA.PR.F.

Hawboldt Industries combines more than a century of service to marine industries with today’s best in integrated design and manufacturing capabilities to deliver innovative engineered solutions for line-handling and lifting applications. It traditional products for fisheries and shipbuilding are now joined by advanced projects in national defense, offshore oil and gas and undersea research.

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