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Tender problems delaying Wave Hub

Wave Hub. Pelamis: Ocean Prospect Ltd
The hub could deliver electricity to the national grid by 2010

Plans for the UK's first tidal energy project off Cornwall have been delayed.

Problems with the tendering process mean the installation of the Wave Hub is now planned for Spring 2010 - a year later than first hoped.

The go-ahead for the hub, a socket on the seabed 10 miles (16km) off Hayle, was given by the goverment last year.

Nick Harrington from the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) said the two tenders received did not "offer sufficient value for money".

He said an increase in the price of copper as well as gas and oil also meant the cost associated with the project had risen "substantially".

'Remain committed'

"We will now use the additional time available to us to review the procurement process and the detailed design to establish the most cost effective way of delivering the project," said Mr Harrington.

"We aim to complete this review within the next three months. We remain committed to Wave Hub and will explore all the available options to realise these economic and environmental benefits."

It is thought Wave Hub could generate about 330m for the local economy over 25 years.

It will use the waves to activate turbines, generating enough electricity for about 14,000 homes.

Official consent was granted in September by John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

The proposed tidal energy station will involve up to 20 sets of machines, with pumps, pistons and turbines, and should deliver electricity to the national grid.

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