Sunday 22nd Jul, 2018

Tidal test to take place at Gladstone

Photo: Southern Cross Maritime
Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has teamed with MAKO Tidal Turbines to investigate how tidal flows at the port can be harnessed to produce electricity.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was the first demonstration of its kind in Australian tropical waters using port infrastructure.

“We are excited to see how government-owned Port of Gladstone can work with MAKO to harness tidal energy and potentially contribute to Queensland’s energy mix,” Minister Bailey said.

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said Queensland was already setting the pace on renewable energy via solar, wind and hydro.

“This very well could be another string to our bow,” he said.

GPC has already experimented in the world of renewable energy, with a solar demonstration trial last year. Chief executive Peter O’Sullivan said the Corporation was committed to energy efficiency and sustainability.

“These initiatives are just the start of our renewable energy journey,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We are excited to be partnering with MAKO to demonstrate the turbine’s capabilities, particularly within a port environment.”

The tidal turbine is to be installed at the Gladstone’s Barney Point Terminal during the next two months.

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