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Proposed location

In 2007 Wave Dragon submitted and application for consent tov deploy a demonstrator device 2 – 3 miles off the South West Wales coast, off Milford Haven; an area of approximately 0.25 km2.

The demonstration site was been selected in order to be :

·    Exposed to the predominant wind/wave direction
·    Relatively close to land, for economic and operational purposes
·    Close to a major port
·    Away from commercial shipping interests
·    Outside military bombing ranges
·    Close to potential grid connection locations (Dale, Marloes)

Due to these practical reasons, the demonstration site was located within the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC, and a full Environmental Impact Assessment was undertaken.

However the site proved to be unfeasible for the deployment and the consenting process was not completed.

Historical Timetable

The applications for consent was submitted by April 2007.

The device was intended to be tested for 3-5 years, where upon it would have been removed from the site and the site decommissioned.

June 2007
Wave Dragon Consent, Public Consultation Period ends
Interview for Radio Pembrokeshire’s On the Water Front’ programme
Stand at Pembroke Dock’s Recycling and Energy Event (reported on http://www.pembroke-dock.co.uk/news_page_10.htm)

May 2007
Western Telegraph Article on ES / Consents Submission
Green Price (.com)  Article on ES / Consents Submission
On / Off Newsletter Article of Wave Dragon in Danish Offshore Centre Magazine

April 2007 
Environmental Statement / Offshore Consents Public Announcement
– Times (28th April and 4th May)
– London Gazette (28th April and 4th May)
– Fishing News (28th April and 4th May)
– Lloyds List (28th April and 4th May)
– Western Mail (28th April and 4th May)

March 2007 
Wave Dragon presented to the Welsh Energy Research Centre (WERC) Second Annual Symposium

February 2007 
Wave Dragon invited to the Welsh Energy Summit 2007
Energy Engineering Magazine Article ‘Everyone’s a Winner’
Infrastructure Journal – ‘Wave Dragon Weathers the Rough Seas of Finance’

January 2007
Friends of the National Park (Pembs) Newsletter article ‘Wave Dragon Energy Project’
Invited to participate in the drafting of the UK Marine Energy Roadmap
Presented to the Second International Seminar on Ocean Energy
Wave Dragon invited to the EnergyNet Wales launch event

December 2006
Wave Dragon Article in ‘Sonne, Wind und Warme’ German renewable energy magazine

November 2006
Tonnau (Welsh Lifestyle Surf Magazine) published article on Wave Dragon
Wave Dragon presents to Pembrokeshire Costal Forum, Marine Code Group

October 2006 
Wave Dragon Welsh Project discussed in ‘Nature Matters’ Magazine
Presented to BWEA 28th Annual Conference, Glasgow
Presented to the International Conference on Ocean Energy, Bremerhaven

September 2006 
Article in ReNews ‘Wave Dragon Leads the Marine Charge’
Wave Dragon Presents to Aberystwyth Science Cafe
EU Project Official Kick Off Meeting

August 2006 – Presented at the Forth World Renewable Energy Conference, Florence 
19th – 25th August 2006 – Wave Dragon Presented at the World Renewable Energy Conference, Florence, Italy

1st July 2006 – Present at Llanelli Futures Fair, LLanelli

29th June 2006 – Present at BWEA / nPower ‘Path to Power’ launch exhibition on the Thames, London

28th June 2006 – Wave Dragon was lead article on BBC Wales Today special program on Energy

12th June 2006 – European Commission signed Contract 19983 for new 2.8 Million Euro EU Project to develop power take off for Wave Dragon should joints

6th June 2006 – Wave Dragon Announced 50 MW €150 Million Project in Portugal

6th June 2006 – Presented to NASEG meeting at the Senedd, Cardiff

1st June 2006 – Erik Friis-Madsen (Wave Dragon inventor) Awarded Best Paper at Power-Gen Europe 2006

27th May 2006 – Wave Dragon interviewed on Radio Pembrokeshire ‘By the Water Front’ program

25th May 2006 – Presented at All-Energy’06, Aberdeen

EIA – January and February 2006

Landscape Survey
Enviros Ltd have undertaken  prelimiary zone of theoretical visibility mapping to predict the visual influence of the device to a radius of 15km around the device position and have undertaken much of the viewpoint  photography  with which to produce the photomontages.

 

Geophysical Survey

After consultation with local fishermen and fisheries bodies and the temporary removal of some potting gear, the Geophys team, from Osiris Ltd, mobilised the 14m work vessel ‘Barinthus’ on the 24th of January. The survey was completed on the 27th of January and found the survey area was mostly bare rock with a dusting of sediment cover. The data has now been passed to CMACS Ltd for further in depth Geophys analysis and to Wessex Archeology Ltd for in depth archeology analysis.

 

Benthic Survey

Initial benthic grabs were conducted by CMACS Ltd from the 27th through to the 30th, using data from the Geophysical survey, although there were only 14 sites for them to sample as there was very little sand in the area. These grab samples will be analysed and the results, in conjunction with discussions with CCW, will be used to design further sampling of the proposed development area.

 

Navigation Survey

Anatec Ltd have received authorisatuion from Milford Haven Port Authority to proceed with a Navigation Survey and began a 14 day study on the 26th of February. This study will track all vessels that pass through the survey area and the data will be used for all the required shipping safety analysis. A further study of summer vessel traffic levels will be conducted during the last two weeks of May.

 

Archaeology Survey

Wessex Archaeology have started by undertaking a desk based research into known archaeological records  from the area. They will also review the geophysical data to examine any anomolies found (wrecks, subsea contacts).