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Wave Energy

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the annual layout of the United Kingdom and Japan upon their joint venture on wave energy; and what are the comparative figures for the United States of America.

The United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Japan agreed a three-year collaborative programme of work to develop wave power air turbine generating systems in April 1978. The Republic of Ireland subsequently joined the programme. The centrally funded part of the programme will cost 140 million yen—approximately £320,000. The individual contributions are approximately equivalent to:

Canada£55,000
Republic of Ireland£34,000
Japan£77,000
United Kingdom£77,000
United States£77,000
In addition, the United Kingdom Government agreed to contribute one of the two turbines associated with the project—the other being supplied by the United States Government. For the United Kingdom turbine a £265,000 contract was placed with a United Kingdom firm.
First supply to national grid i.e. synchronised
StationOriginal estimated cost £'000Final cost (current estimate) £'000Unit No.Original estimated dateActual date or current estimate (E)
Drax "A"103,125155,0001January 1971November 1973
(March 1966 prices)2January 1972December 1973
3January 1973December 1974
Drax completion685,100780,000*419841984 (E)
(March 1978 prices)519851985 (E)
619851986 (E)
* Expenditure incurred to date plus estimated balance to completion based on current price levels (October 1979).
Power stations in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Northern Ireland.