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Farr Point Wave Farm
Farr Point Wave Farm

Project Overview

Developer: Pelamis Wave Power

Location: Off the Sutherland coast, by Bettyhill

Capacity: Phase 1 up to 10MW

Lease Capacity: Up to 50MW

Status: Consent Applications Under Development

Expected Energisation Date: 2016/2017

Farr Point Wave Farm

"The Farr Point wave farm project will prove the viability of Pelamis wave power technology on a commercial scale."

Laura Carse, Project Development Manager, Pelamis Wave Power

Farr Point Wave Farm

In 2010 Pelamis Wave Power was successful in securing a seabed lease option from The Crown Estate, as part of the world’s first leasing round for marine energy projects. Pelamis is now developing an offshore wave energy farm of up to 10 MW to prove the Pelamis wave energy converter in a commercial demonstration project.

The Farr Point project is an Official Competitor for the Scottish Government’s Saltire Prize, a unique international challenge for the marine power sector.

Project Location

An ‘Area of Search' is located around 5-12km off the Sutherland coast, with flexibility to take into account other sea users, survey data and environmental data before defining the final site location. A Pelamis wave farm of 10MW size would occupy a much smaller area of 2-3km2

Project Description

The project will comprise of up to 10 Pelamis wave energy converters, in an array layout. Electricity from the array will be exported to shore via a single subsea cable to a substation at an onshore landfall point on the north coast for connection into the mainland grid.

Project Status

The project is under development including activities such as EIA, with consent application expected to be made later in 2014.

Wave buoy data

Two wave measurement buoys have been deployed at the site in conjunction with the Environmental Research Institute (Thurso) in order to assess the wave resource at the project location. A notice to mariners with the specific locations of the two wave measurement buoys within the area of search can be downloaded and map can be viewed here.

The wave measurement buoys have been removed from site for a few weeks for maintenance.

The buoys will be returned to the same locations later in the summer. We will then resume displaying live wave measurements from the Farr Point site here on this project page.


Project Update - July 2014

Development of the Farr Point Wave Farm has progressed significantly over the last six months. Important milestones have been achieved in wave climate assessment, technical design, environmental studies and offshore survey. Download a full Project Update summarising the progress made to date as a pdf (1.6MB) on our 'Downloads' page.



Anyone wishing to provide comments on the proposed Farr Point Wave Farm can do so by writing to the project development team at:

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