First MeyGen turbine unveiled

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally unveiled the first tidal turbine for a major project in the Pentland Firth.

The device is the first of four to be completed for the MeyGen project being developed by Atlantis Resources.

The project is the world's first large-scale tidal energy farm. A 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the output from the project was signed with SmartestEnergy in 2014.

> Read more about MeyGen here

Welsh wave energy scheme secures funding

Wave technology company Wave-tricity has been awarded £4 million by the Welsh Government to develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower.

The European Union money will help to fund the £5.8m scheme off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “It’s very encouraging that this scheme, which has such potential is being developed in Wales, particularly as it will lead to good employment and business opportunities in the local area.”

> View the Welsh Government's announcement

Centrica strikes LNG deal with Qatargas

British Gas-owner Centrica has signed a five-year deal to buy the equivalent of up to two million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year from Qatargas.

The contract will begin in January 2019 and follows on from the two companies’ existing deal.

Iain Conn, Centrica’s Group Chief Executive, said: “The scale of our gas demand and our strong energy marketing and trading capabilities mean we are ideally-placed to work with LNG producers across the world, providing flexibility and a route to market at a time when secure market access is increasingly important.”

> See Centrica's statement

Gatwick to build energy from waste facility

Gatwick Airport has unveiled plans to build an energy-from-waste facility to dispose of category one waste such as food and packaging.

The power generated by the £3.8 million processing facility will fuel the plant and heat the North Terminal.

The plant is expected to begin operating in November.

> Read Gatwick's statement

Ofgem grants offshore wind farm link

Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix have been awarded a £160 million contract by Ofgem to run the high voltage link to the Humber Gateway wind farm for the next 20 years.

The wind farms lies eight kilometres off the Yorkshire coast and generates 219MW of power.

The 73-turbine wind farm is owned and run by German firm E.On which has recently sold the transmission assets at its Humber Gateway offshore wind farm to Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix for £162.9 million.

> See Ofgem's announcement