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Nova Scotia group to begin installation of tidal turbine in Bay of Fundy

A turbine for the Cape Sharp Tidal project is seen at the Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, N.S., on May 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan.
A turbine for the Cape Sharp Tidal project is seen at the Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, N.S., on May 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan.

A giant tidal turbine is expected to be installed in the Bay of Fundy this weekend if weather and water conditions are favourable.

The Cape Sharp Tidal project says in a news release the turbine will be placed at the site near Parrsboro, N.S., using subsea cables.

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Cape Sharp tidal turbines almost ready to be deployed to Bay of Fundy
Cape Sharp tidal turbines almost ready to be deployed to Bay of Fundy

The 1,000-tonne turbine is being used as a demonstration project to test the viability of tidal power in the bay, which has some of the world’s most powerful tides.

Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a DCNS company.

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The partnership says it eventually plans to install a pair of two megawatt in-stream tidal turbines at the testing site, which is North America’s first tidal array connected to an electrical grid.

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In June, Cape Sharp Tidal paused deployment plans to allow opportunities for more consultation with fishermen and other concerned groups.