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Partrac Deliver Site Characterisation Geophysical Survey for Tidal Energy Site

Partrac were commissioned by Menter Môn, developers of the Morlais Tidal Demonstration Zone Project off the western seaboard of the Isle of Anglesey (Wales), to undertake a detailed geophysical survey as part of a wider site characterisation project.

Tidal energy, no longer a nascent industry with developments now providing electricity to the grid in Northern Ireland and in the north of Scotland, is growing. New developments in the English Channel, the Bay of Fundy in Canada and at international sites in places as far flung as Indonesia, are being developed. Characterisation of the physical environment is critical to developers to minimise project build risks, facilitate engineering design and gain consent.
Successfully managing the complexities of tide and weather for the Client, Partrac delivered detailed multi-beam echo-sounder, side scan sonar, magnetometer and single channel seismic hydrographic and geophysical survey datasets of the Morlais Project, an area of approximately 70 km2.

Technical Director Kevin Black said: “In a challenging environment we have once again demonstrated we can deliver quality data to our clients, and cost-effectively. Furthermore, whereas we are probably better known for tidal resource and turbulence regime surveys for this sector, this project expands our portfolio, and we now have a demonstrated capacity to fully characterise the physical-geological environment at tidal energy sites”.

Phil Durrant of MarineSpace, who managed the geophysical survey operations on behalf of Menter Môn, said: “Partrac provided our client with a safe, high quality service and delivered the required data sets on time and to budget. They managed their workload effectively and efficiently and it was a pleasure working with them on this exciting development project”.

For further information contact Kevin Black (; 0191 242 1302).

Note: Menter Môn is proposing the Morlais Project to enable the development of the Morlais Demonstration Zone. The Morlais Project will seek to provide a consented tidal technology demonstration zone with communal infrastructure such as export cables and substations, for tidal technology developers to install and test arrays of tidal energy converters.

Menter Môn is a social enterprise which works across north Wales to deliver a range of regeneration, environmental and cultural projects for the benefit of local communities. By working in partnership with government, the third sector, business and individuals, Menter Môn attracts funding from different sources to add value and to contribute to creating a sustainable future.

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