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Giant tidal turbine now in position on Bay of Fundy seabed

Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. .
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. . Contributed/Emera

A giant tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy has been lowered into position on the seabed at a test site near Parrsboro, N.S.

A spokeswoman for Cape Sharp Tidal says the successful deployment of the 1,000-tonne turbine occurred on Monday morning during an ebb tide that lasted about four hours.

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The company had planned to install it over the weekend, but had to put the installation off while preparation work was being done on the tail portion of the unit.

Spokeswoman Sarah Dawson says Cape Sharp Tidal – a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a DCNS company – is installing one turbine this year.

Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Contributed/Emera
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Contributed/Emera
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Contributed/Emera
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.
Crews working to install a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Contributed/Emera

She says that in the next few days the turbine will be connected to the power grid and is expected to begin generating electricity.

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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 it says will be North America’s first tidal array connected to an electrical grid.

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The company is one of several that plan to test different turbine technologies in the Bay of Fundy, which has some of the world’s most powerful tides.