Infrastructure Assessment

Date: March 2011 to June 2011

Project  Description: The purpose of the Infrastructure Assessment was to benchmark the infrastructure within Nova Scotia that supports marine renewable energy development, fabrication, deployment, operation and servicing. The assessment also identified infrastructure improvements to augment the Province’s capabilities. The project focused primarily on tidal energy, but also covered offshore wind and wave energy generation.

Key objectives:

  •  Identification of industry infrastructure requirements for coastal support facilities and associated infrastructure
  • Consolidation of port inventories ( i.e. physical assets wharf facilities, available water depth, tidal conditions, exposure, permissible deck loadings, back-up land, other users facility availability, transportation infrastructure and support services)
  • Identification of port facilities to support tidal energy and offshore wind development projects
  • Outlining of concepts to enable the target ports to support tidal and wind energy development projects
  • Identification of support services enhancements needed to support development
  • Benchmark Nova Scotia infrastructure to that of another region (or established area)
  • Cost Assessment: order of magnitude costs to undertake port and infrastructure improvements to improve the capability of ports and the service sector
  • Economic Benefit Study: high level assessment of potential benefits and impact of the work (by drawing upon the experience of another area).

The assessment included a gap analysis specifically to identify:

  • Anticipated Infrastructure Demand: Planned (anticipated next stage) demand for infrastructure to support local marine renewable energy projects and export
  • Infrastructure requirements for development, fabrication, deployment, operation and servicing
  • Large vs. small tidal devices: how infrastructure demands vary for smaller [<0.5 megawatts (MW)] to larger [>0.5MW] tidal devices
  • Project life cycle demands: How the demands relate to the stage in the project’s life cycle (from development through to deployment and servicing).

Role of Maritime Tidal Energy: This project was lead by Maritime Tidal Energy with important involvement by Collective Wisdom Solutions and exp. The role of Maritime Tidal Energy included project management, consolidating findings, a capability inventory, requirements identification, gap analysis and researching a comparable region elsewhere with significant development in marine renewable energy to gain ideas and lessons learned.

Client: Nova Scotia Department of Energy

Read the Marine Renewable Energy Infrastructure Assessment here.