The companies said that they will collaborate on identification, pursuit, study and delivery of tidal range energy opportunities.

The collaboration team has already secured a feasibility study to evaluate options for harnessing tidal energy on the Solway Firth in the UK, commissioned by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), together with Scottish Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

In addition, coastal modelers, economists and scientists from both companies continue to examine the feasibility of several schemes under consideration including further exploration of the issues surrounding the development of a River Severn tidal power station.

Simon Harrison, energy director of Mott MacDonald, said: “Both organizations have considerable experience in delivering major infrastructure projects and we share a culture of integrity, innovation and knowledge-sharing, coupled with a long-term vision for sustainability.”

Mott MacDonald is a management, engineering and development consultancy, while Halcrow delivers planning, design and management services for developing infrastructure and building.