MEMBER NEWS: BMT Making Waves with New Collaborative Project

August 23, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: BMT Making Waves with New Collaborative Project

BMT has been awarded a project to assist the University of Western Australia’s Wave Energy Research Centre in the design and deployment of a prototype-scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC) in King George Sound, Albany, Western Australia.

With increasing global awareness of the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, the $4.8 million marine innovation project will strengthen Australia’s marine renewable technologies and demonstrate the region’s wave energy potential.

The multi-attribute project, jointly supported by the Western Australian Government and the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (BE CRC) will enable vital research and development into providing clean energy to support infrastructure and supply chains necessary for emerging ocean energy markets, including nearby aquaculture operations.

“This project brings together the core strengths of BMT within an emerging and exciting sector for Australia. The prototype draws on our expertise in environmental assessment and approvals, combined with our metocean, marine engineering and naval architecture design capabilities. Our advantage is being able to provide this integrated and end-to-end service all under the one roof”, Dr Philip Haines, BMT Managing Director, Environment Australia.

“Australia is blessed by a wealth of renewable energy sources, both on land and ocean-based. BMT’s partnership in the Blue Economy CRC recognises our intent to be deeply involved throughout the ocean energy and aquaculture sectors as they develop and mature over the coming years” he said.

The project has been developed and funded as part of the Blue Economy CRC which was established under the Australian Government’s CRC Program to support industry-led research collaborations with benefit to the community.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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