22/07/2013 - 10:54

Derby tidal power station gets green tick

22/07/2013 - 10:54

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Derby tidal power station gets green tick

The state's first full-scale tidal power station has been given the green light, with Environment Minister Albert Jacob approving Tidal Energy Australia's proposal to construct a facility at Doctor's Creek near Derby.

The 40 megawatt power station will have the capacity to power between 10,000 and 15,000 homes.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said, however, that a contract for the construction of power lines to major population centres in the West Kimberley still needed to be negotiated for the project to go ahead.

"I have approved the proposal, subject to 14 conditions, after careful consideration of all advice received," Mr Jacob said in a statement.

"TEA must undertake further research and studies in a number of areas, including sedimentation and erosion patterns, mangrove establishment and water quality, before the project ca start.

"TEA must also prepare a power station operating strategy and develop the power transmission infrastructure to avoid threatened communities and species."

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