UK tidal power company Atlantis has won €20.3m ($21.3m) of European Commission funding for marine turbine array in Scotland.

The grant comes from the EC’s Horizon 2020 funding and will go towards Project Stroma, which will begin construction this year with operations expected in 2018.

Located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland, the project – also known as MeyGen Phase 1B – is a 6 MW turbine array that will be built next to the existing 6 MW MeyGen Phase 1A project, which delivered its first power to the grid in November. 

Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said that the project “is the next significant step in delivering cost effective, reliable tidal stream generation for Europe”. 

“MeyGen is the world’s most high-profile tidal stream project and we are delighted to be working with the European Commission to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of tidal power knowledge creation.”