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Cape Sharp Tidal turbine not installed as scheduled

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.

Installation of a 1,000-tonne turbine in the Bay of Fundy did not go ahead as scheduled on Sunday morning.

The installation of the turbine is part of the Cape Sharp Tidal project and is intended to test tidal power in the bay. A spokesperson for Cape Sharp Tidal confirmed that the installation did not happen as planned.

Sunday was the first of a week long window of opportunity to deploy the turbine.

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Cape Sharp tidal turbines almost ready to be deployed to Bay of Fundy – May 19, 2016

Sarah Dawson, Community Relations Manager for Cape Sharp Tidal,  did not say why the installation did not go ahead as scheduled. Dawson told Global News the decision not to install the turbine on Sunday is not a delay in the project and that work continues with preparations on the turbine tail.

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There is no indication yet when the next scheduled deployment of the turbine will take place.

Earlier this year, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge denied an application to halt testing of the electricity-generating tidal turbines.

The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association argued that if the testing program went ahead before the judicial review, it could cause irreparable harm to the environment and ruin any chance of establishing a baseline study of the undersea environment.

 

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