HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept. 16 (UPI) — The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has approved testing of three submersed tidal power generators in the Bay of Fundy.
Provincial Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement in Halifax, but said there were strict conditions attached to the tests, foremost being environmental impact studies, The (Halifax) Chronicle-Herald reported Wednesday.
The $10 million site will house three underwater turbines in the Minas Passage, home of the highest tides in the world, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Belliveau said a committee of government officials, academics and fishermen will be formed to determine what, if any impact the turbines would have on lobsters, fish and birds, the reports said.
Three consortiums will each install a turbine, with the first one ready for placement next month and the third sometime next spring, the CBC said.
Each of the systems cost $10 million to $15 million and will be tested for as long as four years unless environmental problems occur, the reports said.
There was no immediate report on the project’s potential power output.
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