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MeyGen Tidal Energy Project

Engineering Work off Stroma - Watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

The sea between the island of Stroma and the Mainland has very strong tidal currents, where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet. This has made it an ideal site for the first commercial tidal power generation project in Scotland, and currently the largest in the World. The turbines are in the form of large propellers, similar to wind turbines. It's good to see a World-leading project based here in Scotland, and the Country is well on the way to having most of its energy from renewable sources.

I am concerned about the effect on marine life, particularly the whales and dolphins which are often seen in these waters, but I hope the environmental impact is being monitored and taken into account.

The ship in the painting was in the process of servicing one of the turbines.

Location -,-3.1498628,12z


Bruce Sherman said…
Another grand tour of your country's landmarks - this one a modern site dedicated to upgrading your nation's presence in creating alternate forms of energy.

I too, hope that the environmental implications have been well considered beforehand. My guess would be that the leaders are well aware of the possible effects upon sea life.

I love the horizontal layout and depth in this one. Your usual tonal control retains its strength and visual impact as well.

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,
Keith Tilley said…
Good Morning Bruce,

I do hope that the environmental impact is not too serious, because it does seem to be promising development for future energy production. Looking out over the tranquil waters, it's hard to believe that there is a significant power station under the sea there.

I find the horizontal emphasis a bit of a problem around the Pentland Firth. There is such a huge sky, and long strips of land in the distance, and hardly any verticals. Any shipping that can be included is a God-send really!

Thanks for stopping by.
All the best,

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