The Cape Sharp Tidal turbine was a joint operation between Dublin-based OpenHydro Ltd. and Emera Inc., the parent company of Nova Scotia Power.
But the experimental in-stream turbine has sat abandoned, unused and “damaged beyond repair” at the bottom of the Bay of Fundy since Sept. 2018, after OpenHydro declared bankruptcy.
On Friday, Nova Scotia’s energy minister Derek Mombourquette confirmed that the province has hired a consultant, John Dalton, to help find a private company that is willing to pay the bill for removing the turbine in exchange for use of the testing site currently occupied by the turbine.
Dalton, the president of consulting firm Power Advisory LLC, will be tasked with issuing a tender on behalf of the province and evaluating the companies interested in the test berth.
OpenHydro had been required to put up a $1-million bond as part of their deal, which at the time was thought would be enough to cover any costs of retrieving the turbine from the Bay of Fundy.
But that’s no longer the case.
Any company interested in the site will be required to have at minimum $4.5 million in security.
Momburquette said that they’ve had discussions with a number of private companies about the site.
“We’re going to put this out in the next few weeks and I’m very confident we’ll have some companies bid,” he said.
Results are expected by spring. Retrieval and disposal of the Cape Sharp turbine could happen in the second half of 2020.