Cape Sharp Tidal turbine will not be installed in the Bay of Fundy this weekend

HALIFAX – A giant tidal turbine destined for the Bay of Fundy will not be installed this weekend as planned.

A spokeswoman for Cape Sharp Tidal said in a statement Sunday that this is “the first day of our week-long window” to transport the 1,000-tonne turbine to a site near Parrsboro, N.S.

Sarah Dawson said weather was not a factor in the decision and preparation work is being done on the turbine’s tail.

Dawson says Cape Sharp Tidal — a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a DCNS company — plans to deploy one turbine this year.

The partnership says it eventually plans to install a pair of two megawatt in-stream tidal turbines at the testing site, which they say will be North America’s first tidal array connected to an electrical grid.

The company is one of several that plan to test different turbine technologies in the Bay of Fundy, which has some of the world’s most powerful tides.

Cape Sharp Tidal put deployment plans on hold in June to allow further consultation with fishers and other concerned groups.