ORPC makes effort to keep Maine tidal project afloat

TidGen unit ahead of installation at Cobscook Bay, Maine (Photo: ORPC)

 
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has applied to Maine regulators for the amendment of a contract with Emera Maine in an effort to save the 20-year power purchase agreement.

ORPC’s subsidiary, ORPC Maine, has made a request to the State of Maine Public Utilities Commission to allow ORPC’s tidal generator to be offline for 90 months, instead of 48, initially agreed with Emera Maine under a power purchase agreement.

The 20-year power purchase contract, agreed between ORPC and Emera Maine, was approved by the Commission on December 21, 2012.

The US-based tidal energy developer was to provide power from its TidGen turbine generator unit, installed in Cobscook Bay, Maine, which operated successfully until April 21, 2013, when the device experienced salt-water infiltration, which caused the power system to cease operations.

ORPC retrieved the TidGen unit later in 2013, but failed to fix the device due to issues with suppliers as there were no commercially available generators required for the TidGen device, which meant the replacement generator needed to be specifically manufactured for the device.

After several failed attempts to obtain the new generator, ORPC hired Rolls-Royce Marine to build the generator, for which the factory acceptance tests are scheduled for early or mid-2017.

However, as the current agreement with Emera Maine expires on April 21 this year, while ORPC will not be able to resume the delivery of energy until mid-2019, exceeding the agreed 48 months period, the company has asked for the amendment of the original contract.

In the document filed with Maine’s regulator, ORPC said that Emera Maine does not object to the amendment and will execute the amendment should it be approved by the Commission.

The response from the Commission is expected before April 21, 2017.

Share this article

Follow Tidal Energy Today

Events>

<< Apr 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Offshore Energy 2017

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is Europe’s leading offshore energy event. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas…

read more >

Waterpower week

The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro and marine resources, and helps participants develop…

read more >

All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2017

All-Energy has provided the industry suppliers, experts and thought-leaders from the renewable energy supply chain the opportunity…

read more >

The Future of our Seas

At the heart of European Maritime Day is the a 2-day conference “The Future of our Seas”. High-level sessions and stakeholder workshops..

read more >