A Preliminary review into the feasibility of a wave energy farm in Albany has concluded there is unlikely to be “fatal flaws” in the proposed development, Carnegie Corporation Ltd said. The Perth-based company said while it was a positive result, it was only the first step in a wider, detailed environmental assessment of the project. The Preliminary Environmental Constraints Review studied Carnegie’s 30,000 hectares of offshore wave resource and an adjacent shore area, located 15 kilometres south-west of Albany. Environment consultants RPS Environment carried out the study. “The report concluded that based on the available information, ‘it appears unlikely there would be any fatal flaws in the proposed development due to environmental considerations,” Carnegie said in a statement. “Some aspects of the project design may need to incorporate environmental considerations and further studies are necessary to determine the nature and extent of these requirements.” Carnegie plans to develop the farm using CETO technology, which uses an array of submerged buoys tied to seabed pump units. The buoys use wave motions to drive the pumps that pressurise seawater, which is delivered ashore via a pipeline that then drives hydro turbines used to generate electricity. Early last month, Carnegie was issued a five-year exclusive licence to identify suitable areas for a wave energy facility off Albany’s coastline
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