Reunion Island, near Madagascar, is to be the site of Carnegie Wave Energy’s first international wave energy project. The facility will be built in three stages with an ultimate capacity of 15 MW.

The project is to be developed with Carnegie’s Northern Hemisphere joint venture partner EDF EN and the French marine defence contractor DCNS. Carnegie will own and finance 49 per cent of the project.

Carnegie has also been granted an investigation licence, and option to lease, three potential wave energy sites off Victoria at Portland, Warrnambool and Phillip Island.

Victoria has an estimated near-shore wave energy resource of 18,000MW – almost double the state’s total installed power generation capacity – and the wave energy resource is close to Victoria’s current power transmission infrastructure.

Carnegie’s Managing Director, Dr Michael Ottaviano, said, “We are pleased to have progressed our consents to licences and now have a clear pathway to lease an area of seabed for a commercial project. These sites add to our Australian commercial site pipeline in WA and SA.”

In January, Carnegie announced the commencement of Australia’s first commercial wave energy project off Freemantle, Western Australia.