World's First Tidal-Powered Deep Sea Container Terminal Plan

World's First Tidal-Powered Deep Sea Container Terminal Plan

UK-based marine and renewable energy infrastructure developer Centre Port Holdings Ltd revealed the early stages of development of a major tidal energy scheme in the Wash.

The project also includes the world's first tidal powered deep sea container terminal and landside flood defenses for up to one million people. The automated zero carbon deep sea container terminal is said to be capable of handling between 1,500,000 and 4,000,000 containers per year as well as accommodate the world's largest container ships, feeder services, and RoRo vessels.

Furthermore, the proposal also shows the construction of a hydroelectric structure that will “capture the incoming and out-going tides twice a day” providing predictable energy for the terminal and up to 600,000 homes and businesses in the region.

The structure will act as a flood defense scheme against exceptional tides caused by climate change that can damage sensitive habitats and wildlife in The Wash estuary. Its turbine sluice gates built within the structure are expected to “protect vital farmland, homes and industry against landslide flooding and tidal surges across Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire which generates a third of the UK’s vegetable production.”

Centre Port Holdings Ltd. entered into a strategic partnership with energy company Centrica, with this, enabling the former to engage environmental and technical consultancies to begin work on a Feasibility Study. In addition to this, Centrica is said to “provide a guaranteed price for the renewable energy produced by the tidal turbines to underpin their construction.”

It is expected that some off-peak renewable energy produced could be used to generate green hydrogen in order to decarbonize the agriculture and transport sectors.

Meanwhile, the project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs during construction and will attract significant employment opportunities manufacturing, shipping, transportation, port operations and green industries to the area once completed.

According to Centre Port Holdings CEO James Sutcliffe, the local environment is “seriously threatened by climate change.”

“Our mission is to preserve the Wash Frontiers, their wildlife and ecology, and to minimize the impacts of climate change that could devastate these sensitive areas,” he said.

In addition, Centrica Business Solutions Managing Director Greg McKenna expressed their support for the organization;

“We are thrilled to support Center Port as they explore their ambitious plans for the Wash. The project represents one of the largest tidal power stations in the world and provides a reliable source of green energy to the UK. The first step is to understand the role that such a system would play in an area of ​​the country that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”

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